New Malden residents will have a new public square and pocket park after Kingston Council approved plans for the first phase of a significant regeneration scheme.

The Maldens and Coombe planning sub-committee agreed on proposals for the new community spaces, which are connected by a pedestrian link, on the former adult resource centre site in New Malden.

The proposal forms part of the initial phase of the more comprehensive Cocks Crescent redevelopment. Construction works for the square, pedestrian link, and pocket park will commence in Summer and will be completed by early Autumn.

The plans will see the reactivation of public space, providing a shared area where the community can come back together after lockdown.

The council is working closely with community members to plan a series of events for the location once works have been completed. There will also be opportunities for markets and food and beverage retailers to use the site.

Design work and further consultation on the wider Cocks Crescent project will be progressing in Autumn and, subject to planning, work could start by Summer 2023.

Cllr Simon Edwards, Maldens and Coombe neighbourhood chair, said: “This new, innovative space will provide local communities and businesses with the opportunity to connect and have a space to call theirs.

“Community is more important than ever before, and it’s fantastic we can offer a site for everyone to enjoy and use. We are working closely with community members and have some exciting plans in the coming months.”

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