Interim chief executive appointed

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has appointed Paul Spooner as its interim chief executive, with the remit to steer delivery on Ebbsfleet Garden City.

Spooner has held wide-ranging roles, including acting as an adviser to the government on enterprise zones, being executive director at the Homes and Communities Agency and helping Maidstone Borough Council implement elements of its town planning.

Since being appointed, Spooner has been aiming to get the process moving to install utilities in the Eastern Quarry, as elements of the masterplan develop. 

“We are trying to create a comprehensive utility corridor for water, gas, telecoms and to accelerate housing development here,” Spooner told Kent Online.

“There is huge potential to secure significant growth for north Kent,” he added.

The government pledged £310 million funding for the project in the autumn statement of November 2015.