An independent report into the team spearheading a garden city in Kent has found the failure to find a permanent boss is “undermining” its development.
Several problems need to be addressed “as a matter of urgency”, according to a tailored review into Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC), the body tasked with masterminding the construction of 15,000 homes between Gravesend and Dartford.
The report, commissioned by the government, described the inability of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to find a permanent chief executive for the body. It said this had meant “there appeared to be insufficient contact or proactive engagement between the chair and the highest level of government”.
It recommended the government should use “an appropriate professionally supported recruitment campaign and commercial remuneration package”.
The EDC is led by interim boss Ian Piper, who took over the role in October from Paul Spooner, who left after 18 months as interim chief exec. Its only permanent chief executive to date was Robin Cooper, a former director of regeneration, community and culture at Medway Council.
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