Council seeks chairperson for city’s new development partnershipNov 30, 2012
The MKDP has been set up to facilitate Milton Keynes’ continued growth and economic success by promoting the development of land assets being transferred to the council from the Homes & Communities Agency.
The successful candidate will have strong private sector experience, said a council spokesman.
In October, government agreed the transfer of assets and responsibilities from the HCA to the council in a groundbreaking deal worth £32 million, making the council the sole planning authority in Milton Keynes for the first time.
The land is due to transfer to council control in January. It includes sites for new homes, offices and commercial premises in central Milton Keynes and across the borough.
Milton Keynes Council is recruiting an independent chair, who will lead MKDP in its commercial and entrepreneurial approach in reaching deals with third party developers and investors.
It will also engage communities and stakeholders, and work collaboratively with public and private sector partners.
Council leader Cllr Andrew Geary (pictured) said: "The transfer of assets and responsibilities from the HCA is an incredibly significant opportunity for Milton Keynes.
"It is good for local people and business, as we will have more flexibility to create the right conditions for growth, and will be in a better position to invest in local infrastructure and facilities.
"We are looking for candidates with a very strong mix of private sector experience and credibility in delivering high profile, profitable development and regeneration projects, as well as a sound understanding of the public sector.
"The right person will really help us to shape the future of Milton Keynes."
The MKDP is a limited liability partnership owned by the council.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on December 12. More details can be found at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/mkdp