• Brachers’ Commercial Property team has supported Leybourne Parish Council on their purchase of Leybourne Lakes at Castle Way, to preserve the area for future generations.

    The Parish Council’s aim is to preserve Leybourne Lakes as a resource for the local community and to improve access and enhance the wildlife value of the area. Remedial works are currently underway on the site.

    Senior Associate Katherine Morgan led the transaction for Brachers, and was praised by the Parish Council for “exceptionally” representing them throughout the legal transfer, preliminary investigations and due diligence.

    Cllr Bob Ulph from Leybourne Parish Council, said: “Katherine, your support and resolve in getting us over the finishing line is commendable and we wouldn’t have got there without you.”

    Senior Associate Gemma Dow, of Gerald Eve LLP, was also involved in brokering the agreement between previous site owners Whitbread’s PLC and Leybourne Parish Council. Both parties have provided significant financial assistance to support the Parish Council to help with the preservation of the area.

    The Parish Council are also working with Old Chalk New Downs who have donated £10,000 from their Habitat Connectivity Grant to create a circular walk from the public right of way towards the lake, as well as two new interpretation boards for the lake entrance.

    KCC West Kent PROW have provided additional support and financial assistance for the forthcoming upgrade of the PROW MR104 (Public Right of Way) to ensure that it compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and accessible to everyone throughout the year.

    White Horse Ecology, a consultancy with extensive experience in wildlife conservation and land management, have been instructed to undertake the management plan for the site. Consultant Mike Phillips, said: “The Parish Council’s ownership as well as its determination to conserve and enhance this wonderful open space is a fantastic opportunity to not only create new and better spaces for wildlife but to make the site safe and welcoming for visitors to enjoy the spectacle too.”

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