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Former deputy mayor of London Edward Lister to chair HCA

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Edward Lister, London’s former deputy mayor for planning, has been appointed as the new chair of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)

He will replace interim chair Kevin Parry, who stood in following Robert Napier’s departure last December.

Lister spent five years as the deputy mayor for policy and planning under Boris Johnson.

Acting on behalf of Johnson, Lister recently approved PLP Architecture’s redevelopment of the former Westferry Printworks on the Isle of Dogs in May.

In addition, Lister was implicated in the Garden Bridge fiasco. Last December, the AJ revealed that Lister had met with Thomas Heatherwick to discuss the bridge before any procurement competition had taken place.

Lister said: ‘I am excited to be joining the Homes and Communities Agency at this time to drive forward delivery of the most ambitious programme for housing in decades.

‘I look forward to helping to build the capability of the agency to deliver thousands of new homes across the country and meet people’s aspirations for owning their own home.’

Also acting for Johnson, Lister approved Pilbrow & Partners’ controversial plans for a development in Docklands, including two 34- and 65-storey towers. He made the decision despite Tower Hamlets rejecting the scheme in February.

Lister was previously a Conservative leader for Wandsworth Council for 19 years. He will start his role at HCA in July.

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