A FORMER chairman of The Parks Trust has been appointed as the new head of Milton Keynes Development Partnership.
John Duggan will take charge of the newly formed MKDP, which will be tasked with transferring former Homes & Community Agency assets to the control of Milton Keynes Council in January 2013.
The Government agreed the transfer of land, assets and responsibilities from the HCA to the council in a recent groundbreaking deal worth £32m.
Sites moving under council control include Milton Keynes Bowl and the Coachway.
The move which puts Milton Keynes in control of its own growth agenda, with sole planning powers over the whole Borough in the hands of locally-elected representatives for the first time.
Council leader, Councillor Andrew Geary announced the appointment of Mr Duggan at the authority’s Cabinet meeting on December 19.
He said “The Appointment Panel has made a good choice. I am confident that John Duggan will provide strong leadership for the new Board.”
An early task of the new Chairman will be to work with the councillors already appointed to the MKDP Board to identify four more ‘independent’ members to bring the Board to full strength.
The roles will be advertised locally and nationally early in the New Year.