• Hosted at Hadlow College, the firm will be contributing to panel discussions on economic development in Kent with a focus on compulsory purchase, the impact of major infrastructure proposals on landowners, farmers and rural businesses in the county and the potential conflict between demand for development and the needs of the countryside.

    Professor Allan Buckwell, Chairman of the CLA’s Kent branch will chair the debate. Speakers include Barbara Cooper, Corporate Director Growth, Environment and Transport at Kent County Council; David Lock CBE, Board Member, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and chartered town planner and Sue Young, Head of Conservation & Policy at Kent Wildlife Trust.

    Also on the panel will be Andrew Shirley, Chief Surveyor at the CLA, Lee May, Planning Law Partner at Brachers and Tom French, Director (Rural) at BTF Partnership.

    Sarah Webster, Partner and Head of Agriculture said:

    “Brachers has a long standing association with the CLA and we are delighted to be part of this debate. We are proud to work with farming families, landowners and rural businesses and welcome this opportunity to share our expertise, in particular in relation to planning and property law, alongside other leading experts on the panel.”

    Lee May, Partner who joins the panel added:

    “Given the numerous infrastructure projects across Kent, the debate is a welcome opportunity for local businesses and landowners to have their say and be part of the discussion.”

    Lee May joins the panel, having recently been elected as a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the UK’s leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning. Lee has extensive expertise in all areas of town and country planning, compulsory purchase and environmental law.

    The Kent Debate is free to attend but places must be booked in advance. Register your place.

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