We provide detailed advice on agricultural and soil issues, including rural planning projects. Our teams’ assess the impact of development on geology, soils and agriculture.

In collaboration with our other experts, soil surveys form an essential element of assessing the restoration potential of brownfield, mineral extraction or landfill sites for agricultural, nature conservation, landscape and amenity uses.

Ensuring the sustainability of the rural economy has become an important objective for rural planning policy. Our teams are able to assist, providing advice on and obtaining planning permission for conversion of rural buildings to alternative business uses, including equestrian use. Diversification on rural estates can be encouraged through the use of estate management plans, which can be linked to the new stewardship schemes.