A Vision for Malvern

Controversial plans for a cable car up the Malvern Hills with a cafe at their highest point have been proposed. Malvern for All, a not-for-profit company, is proposing building a cable car running from the Rose Bank Gardens in Great Malvern to just below the summit of the Worcestershire Beacon.

The eight mile (13km) hill range is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, protected by an act of Parliament. The Malvern Hills Conservators will consider the plans on Thursday.

The conservators were established under the Malvern Hills Act in 1884 and manage over 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of land on the hills and commons in and around the town.
Roger Sutton, from Malvern for All, said it plans to use a park and ride system to ferry visitors to the cable car.

“We have done our sums on the extra money the visitors would bring into the town and we reckon it’s worth £1.5m to local shopkeepers,” he said.

Malvern for All said it has consulted with a firm who carried out an environmental impact survey for developments around Stonehenge to ensure the the plans would not harm the environment.

At 1,394ft (425m), the Worcestershire Beacon is the highest point on the hills which lie on the border between Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The planned station just below the summit would include a restaurant, first aid post and toilets.

A proposal for a cable car using the same route was rejected by the Conservators in 1962 due to public opposition.