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Lee May


Lee has over fourteen years’ experience of advising clients in all areas of town and country planning, environmental law and health and safety legislation. Lee acts for developers, landowners and local authorities in delivering a range of projects.


  • Town and country planning
  • Environmental law
  • Health and safety memberships
  • Environmental Lawyers Association
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association
  • Chartered Institution for Waste Management
  • Kent Construction Focus Group


Lee advises developers, landowners and local authorities on major regeneration schemes, large residential and commercial developments, through to individual householder applications and schemes under permitted development rights.

Lee negotiates and drafts planning obligations under s106 of the Town and Country Planning Act as well as Highways Act agreements and other development documentation. Lee regularly appears for clients as advocate at planning inquiries and hearings.

Lee also specialises in helping businesses and individuals respond to regulatory proceedings undertaken by bodies such as local authorities, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive. Including enforcement appeals and criminal proceedings in the magistrates court.

He joined Brachers in May 2010 from another Kent based firm. He started his career working in house with a local authority, giving him valuable experience of working with public sector bodies.

Lee writes regular articles for various publications including Kent Business, South East Farmer and Insider and has delivered training on legal issues to bodies such as the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Recent cases/deals

  • Negotiating a complex s.106 agreement for a local authority in relation to a housing development of over 200 homes.
  • Appearing for the appellant at a three day Public Inquiry in a planning enforcement notice appeal.

Preparing for take-off

Lee May considers some of the planning and legal challenges still to come in the fight to build a third runway at Heathrow. Read more


Compulsory purchase laws – what does this mean for landowners?

Lee May recently took part in the CLA Kent Debate on Compulsory Purchase, addressing the impact of development on land across the South East. In this article Lee highlights the need for reform, following the recent judgement of the Supreme Court (in the case of HCA v JS Bloor (Wilmslow) Ltd [2017]) which demonstrates the complexity of the law on compulsory purchase valuation. Read more


Addressing the challenge of rural crime

Tackling rural crime presents a number of challenges, with scarce police resources spread across a wide area including many remote and hard to reach locations. Read more


Sentencing of health and safety offences in the construction industry

Changes to sentencing penalties and guidelines regarding health and safety offences came into effect in 2015 - what does this mean for employers, the self employed and employees? Read more


Farms and fire safety

All businesses are subject to legislation designed to protect the safety of their employees. Much of the law in this area can be found in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and regulations made thereunder. Since October 2006 the rules regarding fire safety have been contained in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Read more


The importance of public/private relationships in regeneration

Regeneration projects come in all shapes and sizes but a common theme is the need to bring together a successful partnership of the private and public sectors. Read more

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How easy is it to get planning permission for Tourism and Leisure Development?

Planning Applications for tourism and leisure development (for example a new hotel or guesthouse or leisure facilities such as cinemas, museums and galleries) are considered by the Local Planning Authority (LPA) for the area in which the development is to take place. Read more


Health and safety at work

As an employer, do you know what your health and safety duty is? Read more

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Planning news - Reintroduction of exemption of small sites from affordable housing contributions

Lee May, Partner at Brachers and Mark Batchelor, Associate at planning consultancy Peacock and Smith Limited analyse the impact of the Court of Appeal decision in Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government v West Berkshire District Council and Reading Borough Council [2016] and the reintroduction of the small sites exemption from affordable housing contributions. Read more

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