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Brendon Lee, Senior Associate, Planning, Highways & Environment

Real Estate

Direct Dial: 01223 532 757
Mobile: 07467 719 066

A bit about me

Environmental law is at the forefront of important present and future issues for society both nationally and globally. I’m excited to be involved in how the UK meets such issues through my work in real estate, whether that be through infrastructure and town planning, public access rights and compulsory purchase.

I work with individuals (eg. home owners, development site owners), developers, SMEs (eg. care homes, retail shops), statutory bodies and social landlords, offering clear concise advice with an emphasis on what can be achieved as opposed to focusing on what cannot.

My legal specialisms include town and country planning, public access rights, environmental law, compulsory purchase and compensation, and judicial review and legal challenges. I’m committed to assisting clients in securing the best outcome in all matters relating to town planning and public access rights.

I am a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association (CPA) and the Institute of Public Rights of Way (IPROW).

In work, I’m passionate about seeing every matter through to its conclusion. Outside of work, it’s Rugby League.

Want to know more?

Get legal advice early.

Planning is a journey not a sprint race.

On enforcement matters get legal advice before speaking to officers.

What is the time period for judicially challenging a planning decision?

6 weeks from the date of the decision. There is unfortunately no flexibility in this deadline. Instruct us as soon as you can should you wish to challenge.

I have a public footpath that goes close to my house. Can it be diverted?

Public footpaths are usually diverted in such circumstances under section 119 of the Highways Act 1980. We can guide you through the process.

There is a CPO that includes my house. I need to move but cannot sell it. What can I do?

You may be able to serve a blight notice which is known as a CPO in reverse. This forces an acquiring authority to purchase your property earlier than their planned timescales. We can guide you through the process.

Where I work

Hear what our clients say about our Senior Associate, Planning, Highways & Environment Brendon Lee

Planning expertise rescued clients’ land purchase

Buying land only to find that it was considered to be highway by the local council was...

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Part one compensation for public works and the relevance of personal accounts evidence

Part one of the Land Compensation Act 1973 entitles owners to compensation where their land…

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Green belt exceptions - Does an extension to a building need to be attached to an existing building?

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) provides that new buildings in Green Belt are inappropriate…

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A born again building - when is a ‘new’ old building substantially complete?

It is possible to carry out such degree of works to an existing building that…

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Defining curtilage: difficult to put into words, but you know it when you see it

The meaning of curtilage in planning law is a vexed question. The courts have continuously…

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What are the planning implications of property guardians for commercial buildings?

The use of ‘property guardians’ in commercial unoccupied buildings has raised several legal issues for…

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Disputing late CIL liability notices – the dos and don’ts

Recent High Court decisions have emphasised the issues and legal means of challenging a Community…

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Planning enforcement orders and how they apply to mixed-use planning units

Where there has been an apparent breach of planning control that has been deliberately concealed,…

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Can traffic orders be made on private roads? Clarification from the High Court

Local traffic authorities can make orders regulating the use of roads to which the public…

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Ongoing delays discharging planning conditions? Deemed discharge could help

As the UK continues its recovery out of the pandemic, many under-resourced council planning teams…

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