Designer has plans to make most of Cube

Malvern Gazette: Designer has plans to make most of Cube Designer has plans to make most of Cube

A GARDEN designer has produced striking plans for transforming the disputed land surrounding Malvern Cube.

Kate March, aged 29, drew up her ideas after reading about the dispute between the organisation that runs the community centre in Albert Road North and Worcestershire County Council.

She envisages landscaping the grounds to form several distinct areas which can be used at the same time by different groups of the centre’s clients. These include a wildlife haven, a toddlers’ area, an amphitheatre-like space for outdoor teaching and performances, and a skate area. When seen from above, the plan forms a butterfly shape.

Miss March said: “I got interested when I read about how the land at the Cube was under threat from a luxury home development, and I thought how much better it would be if the land remained part of the Cube and was put to really good use.”

The future of the land around the Cube – formerly Malvern Youth Centre – has been in dispute for two years.

In November 2011, the county council handed the centre over to the Malvern Youth and Community Trust, but kept back part of the land to develop for housing.

The Trust has been battling to gain control of the disputed land, saying it is important to the Cube’s long-term viability.

It received a boost earlier this year when Malvern Hills District Council turned down the county council’s planning application for houses, although the county has the option of appealing.

The plans have been on show at the Cube and manager Jon White said he wanted as much feedback from members of the public as possible.

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9:15am Sun 5 Jan 14

Bufton Tufton says...

I do not see why the land around The Cube should be vital for the long-term viability of the former youth club and Malvern is not exactly short of land available to the public for recreational purposes. Perhaps Cube Manager Jon White would care to respond. My own view is that the land surrounding The Cube should be developed as social housing.
I do not see why the land around The Cube should be vital for the long-term viability of the former youth club and Malvern is not exactly short of land available to the public for recreational purposes. Perhaps Cube Manager Jon White would care to respond. My own view is that the land surrounding The Cube should be developed as social housing. Bufton Tufton

4:38pm Sun 5 Jan 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Develop this land as housing and before long people living there will be complaining about noise from the Cube. Next thing is a noise abatement order shortly followed by the demise of a long standing facility.
I used this place in my youth and I remember that with the occasional Disco or even live band it was never exactly silent.
In my opinion this land should not be housing but should be returned to the cube.
Develop this land as housing and before long people living there will be complaining about noise from the Cube. Next thing is a noise abatement order shortly followed by the demise of a long standing facility. I used this place in my youth and I remember that with the occasional Disco or even live band it was never exactly silent. In my opinion this land should not be housing but should be returned to the cube. New Kid on the Block

12:12pm Mon 6 Jan 14

pudniw_gib says...

Bufton Tufton wrote:
I do not see why the land around The Cube should be vital for the long-term viability of the former youth club and Malvern is not exactly short of land available to the public for recreational purposes. Perhaps Cube Manager Jon White would care to respond. My own view is that the land surrounding The Cube should be developed as social housing.
Not a very intelligent argument. Build there and it would be the end of the community centre and its activities.
We have as a community been robbed of the Winter Gardens as a venue for original acts and as a space for the locals to put their own events on as we have been priced out. There isnt an alternative in Malvern for putting on even moderate sized gigs on, the same goes for theatre and other arts that might need a bigger space with good sized stage.
The plan is for luxury housing anyway. There is no way that the local council would allow social housing on the cube land. There was a concerted effort by the Conservative council to do away with the community centre but they were on the wrong side of a local opposition. I cant see this council going to Festival Housing and asking for 10 flats to be built there ...
[quote][p][bold]Bufton Tufton[/bold] wrote: I do not see why the land around The Cube should be vital for the long-term viability of the former youth club and Malvern is not exactly short of land available to the public for recreational purposes. Perhaps Cube Manager Jon White would care to respond. My own view is that the land surrounding The Cube should be developed as social housing.[/p][/quote]Not a very intelligent argument. Build there and it would be the end of the community centre and its activities. We have as a community been robbed of the Winter Gardens as a venue for original acts and as a space for the locals to put their own events on as we have been priced out. There isnt an alternative in Malvern for putting on even moderate sized gigs on, the same goes for theatre and other arts that might need a bigger space with good sized stage. The plan is for luxury housing anyway. There is no way that the local council would allow social housing on the cube land. There was a concerted effort by the Conservative council to do away with the community centre but they were on the wrong side of a local opposition. I cant see this council going to Festival Housing and asking for 10 flats to be built there ... pudniw_gib

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