PA16 09346 Agricultural Land Classification 2275853.pdf
Land of Grades 1 and 2, and Subgrade 3a quality is described as land of best and
most versatile agricultural quality, and attracts a degree of protection from
development in terms of land use planning policy.
At national level this is articulated at paragraphs 109 and 112 of the National Planning
Policy Framework. Paragraph 109 states that the planning system should contribute
to and enhance the natural and local environment by protecting and enhancing soils
(amongst other matters). Paragraph 112 states that local planning authorities should
take into account the economic and other benefits of the best and most versatile
agricultural land, and goes on to advise that, where significant development of
agricultural land is demonstrated to be necessary, local planning authorities should
seek to use areas of poorer quality land in preference to that of a higher quality.
Site and Climatic Conditions
General Features, Land Form and Drainage
The site extends to some 4.74ha of agricultural land in arable use. Jelbert Way marks
the southern boundary: other agricultural land is to the north, east and west.
Topography is very gently sloping with a slight fall to the south from an altitude of
around 10m above Ordnance Datum (AOD) to 5m AOD.
Agro-climatic data for the site have been interpolated from the Meteorological Office’s
standard 5km grid point data set at a representative altitude of 5m AOD, and are
given in Table 1. Climate at the site is warm and very wet with moderate crop
moisture deficits. The Field Capacity Day (FCD) regime is longer than is typical for
lowland England and is considered to be unfavourable for providing opportunities for
agricultural field work.
Table 1: Local agro-climatic conditions
Average Annual Rainfall
Accumulated Temperatures >0°C
Field Capacity Days
Average Moisture Deficit, wheat
Average Moisture Deficit, potatoes
Soil Parent Material and Soil Type