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Corporation created for Ebbsfleet development

Words: Sam Waddicor
Ebbsfleet International Station

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has outlined plans to set up a development corporation to co-ordinate future development of the proposed Ebbsfleet Garden City.

The body will be part of the DCLG’s plan to put local people at the heart of shaping future projects.

Pickles also announced that he has appointed Michael Cassidy CBE as chairman designate of the corporation. Cassidy has worked previously as a non-executive director on Crossrail’s board after being a practising lawyer in the City of London for 40 years. He is also currently the chairman of the City of London Property Investment Board.

The DCLG said that the new corporation would assist local authorities with solving issues that have previously held Ebbsfleet back, as well as co-ordinating investment and ensuring development gets driven forward.

Pickles said: “Locally-led development is the key to unlocking growth and creating the places and communities that people actively want to be a part of. Today I am pleased to appoint Michael Cassidy as chairman of the development corporation that will work with local people to develop Ebbsfleet and grow the garden city in the way that is right for the local area.”

Cassidy added: “The development at Ebbsfleet is an exciting prospect, finally bringing to life an area where progress has been slow for many years and delivering the high quality homes and jobs that local people need.

“I look forward to working with local communities to create a place where people choose to live and lay down their roots.”

The DCLG has also launched a consultation, which began on 11 August, looking for views on the area in which the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation will operate; the planning powers it will be granted; and the composition of its board.