What did we consider?
Three factors are important when assessing the quality of the agricultural land:
- Climate – such as exposure to damaging wind, persistent wetness or high humidity and frost which can cause physical damage, disease or stress.
- Site – the gradient on the site, which should be not more than 7o, the microrelief of the site (complex change in slope angle over short distances) and whether the site was susceptible to flooding.
- Soil – soil properties which affect the cropping potential and management requirements of land are texture, structure, depth, stoniness and chemical fertility. These may act as limitations separately, in combination or through interactions with climate or site factors.
Combined the interactive limitations of these influence soil wetness, its susceptibility to drought and erosion risk and allow us to provide a classification for the soil on the site.
What did we do?
By performing an in depth analysis of these factors we were able to recommend a classification for the land at the site of Subgrade 3b. In line with the guidance available, it was considered in the report that the loss of Subgrade 3b agricultural land at the site would not significantly harm national, regional or local agricultural interests.