Soil Surveys, Environmental Assessment & Land Management

Agricultural Land Classification

The National Planning Policy Framework (paragraph 112) requires planning authorities to "take into account the economic and other benefits of the best and most versatile agricultural land” when making decisions on significant development proposals and “seek to use areas of poorer quality land in preference to that of higher quality".


LRA has a team of staff expert in Agricultural Land Classification, undertaking over 100 surveys each year of proposed development sites ranging in size from 1 to 500 ha, as well as helping Natural England and Welsh Government staff provide ALC training on behalf of the British Society of Soil Science’s Working with Soil initiative. Our reports and associated maps are professionally produced to the format required by the statutory authorities, helping to reduce consultation delays when determining planning applications.

What is Agricultural Land Classification?

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