The auction of the former site of the Odeon has been delayed once again as the wait goes on to decide the building’s future.

The property, which has been given an auction price tag of £2.25m, had been due to go under the hammer in April but a delay in serving legal papers meant its auction was pushed back a week.

But the sale of the commercial building has been delayed again, this time as far back as July, meaning the uncertainty surrounding the future of the building on Crouch Street is set to go on.

The former Odeon site could be sold on Wednesday, July 20, when it will be listed by auctioneers Dedman Gray.

Although valued at more than £2.2 million, the developmental value of the property is believed to be in the region of £12.7 million.

The building has remained empty for 20 years, having closed in 2002, but the Odeon’s history stretches as far back as the 1931, when it was opened as the Regal.

The frontage, despite being nearly a century old, could have been pulled down under plans submitted by Blumarble which would have turned the building into 55 apartments.

 It is now hoped new owners for the building will be found in two months’ time.