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Views sought on radical plans

Malvern Editorial 21st Nov, 2013 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

RESIDENTS have been urged to have their say on new designs to transform the land surrounding The Malvern Cube.

Kate March, who works in the town, has created the sketch which sees the Albert Road North site divided into four main elements, all of which would accommodate the community centre’s current services.

The existing basketball court would be bookended by an outdoor skate park and a amphitheatre – an oval space for outdoor classes and activities.

Two more areas would be used for a dedicated wildlife zone and an area for toddlers and small children on the southern part of the site.

The areas in between have been designed to be visually pleasant but low maintenance and Kate said each section was just an idea which could be changed depending on what people wanted there.

The former Worcester University student graduated last year in Garden Design and has targeted The Cube for her first main project as part of soon to be launched company The Sensory Gardener.

Through using services at The Cube she became aware of the Malvern Land Campaign which has seen trust members battle Worcestershire County Council over the rights to the surrounding land.

The council handed the running of the centre over to The Malvern Youth and Community Trust in November 2011 but both parties have always maintained ownership of the land with the trust claiming it was an integral part facilities future sustainability.

In September, Malvern Hills District Council refused the county’s bid for four luxury homes on the land which the county council has since vowed to appeal.

Kate said: “I found out what was happening and thought it was fabulous opportunity to use my skills to help them.

“I would be happy for the designs to form the basis of a formal planning application but I would like to get people’s views on what they want to see on the space.

“It would be so nice to see a beautiful piece of land which being used by the community as there are less and less places where that can happen now.”

The designs have been backed by the trust and will be put on display with a box for people to submit their views.

Jon White, Malvern Cube centre manager, said: “It is extremely encouraging that a community member has spent the time to create this design.

“I love the ideas that have been proposed, the plan manages to encapsulate how the land can be used creatively for fun, education, exercise and relaxation.

“I greatly appreciate the artist allowing us to display the design and hope others share and add to these inspirational ideas.”

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