MALVERN Town Council could purchase a plot of land controversially earmarked for up to 150 homes in a bid to preserve it as open space.
Members of the council’s Strategic Planning committee have discussed the site at Hayslan Road Malvern Link – referred to as the town’s ‘green lung’ – and said they were willing to explore the possibility of acquiring it from Malvern St. James Girls’ School which currently owns it.
Coun Julian I’Anson said the move was something to be considered down the line if permission was not given to build houses on the land.
Developers Barwood has already unveiled a possible scheme to put upto 150 properties on the 15.5 acre site and are expected to submit a formal planning application to Malvern Hills District Council.
Although Malvern Town Council has no decision making powers on district planning proposals Coun I’Anson said it would likely enter a formal statement on the plans once they came forward as part of the statutory consultation process.
He said: “People certainly feel strongly about it. Some want to keep it as a green lung and others feel housing needs to be built and don’t object to them there.
“The committee didn’t come down strong one way or another but we are certainly going to keep an eye on events. It’s a very important piece of land to the town and pretty near to the centre of a lot of housing.
“If we can influence it we will. The council may consider purchasing it down the road but that is just a vague idea at the moment. It won’t be possible if it is developed on anyway.”