The organisation leading the planning of a new garden city in Kent has appointed a new interim chief executive.
Ian Piper takes over the reigns of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation from Paul Spooner, who leaves for a new opportunity after 18 months in the role.
The chartered surveyor was head of land at the Homes and Communities Agency, where he looked after a land budget worth more than £350 million a year.
He is also a former chief executive of Forward Swindon, the economic development company owned by the area’s borough council.
He said: “I’m looking forward to continuing the excellent work that has been carried out by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation over the last 18 months.
“The Garden City has seen an incredible change in the last 18 months with a new primary school opening, a new restaurant and pub and a hotel to follow in the new year and more than 600 new homes started.
“That momentum will continue as the Garden City continues to evolve.”
Former interim boss Paul Spooner is understood to be heading for another government role, although details have not been revealed.
He said: “There is now real momentum in the development of Ebbsfleet Garden City and I am pleased Ian Piper is bringing the skills and experience to keep this going.”