A housing development plan at Tenby will be pushed forward by Pembrokeshire County Council after it 'bought' its own land using the housing revenue account (HRA).

A 15 acre site at Brynhir had been earmarked for 168 homes and marketed for sale but after no acceptable proposals were brought forward it was agreed by cabinet in July that the land "be appropriated for HRA purposes."

At this week's cabinet meeting (November 5) the land was listed as being disposed of for £4million.

The former Johnston School site has also been transferred in this way for £400,000.

It will allow the council to begin its plans to build its own housing stock.

July's cabinet minutes state: "That the re-profiling of the HRA Capital Acquisitions budget of £2.0m between 2018-19 and 2019-20 be approved to enable the purchase of the Brynhir site to proceed.

"That the actions to deliver the preferred option as set out in the report be endorsed, i.e. to submit an outline planning application and design and construct an access and utility/infrastructure programme."

A council spokesman added: "The land was transferred from the Council’s General Fund to the Housing department.

"Therefore, it now forms part of the Housing Revenue Account and arrangements are being made for the preparation of an outline planning application for a mixture of council/private housing for consideration by the National Park Authority."

Planning applications will be prepared and submitted for the sites, with a mix of affordable and open market properties most likely in Tenby.