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Planning for Soil

Planning for Soil

Strategic Planning

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Soil is a finite resource that faces many pressures and this paper has been developed to raise awareness of the importance of the need to protect Worcestershire's soil resource.

The Strategic Planning Team has worked in partnership with Natural England, The Environment Agency and The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust to develop the accompanying paper.

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right arrow maroon Planning for Soils in Worcestershire Technical Research Paper (PDF 658 KB)

This research paper is intended to raise awareness and support the strategic consideration of soils by identifying emerging best practice and policy.

right arrow maroon Safeguarding our Soils - A Strategy for England (PDF 509 KB)

This Document outlines the Government’s approach to safeguarding our soils for the long term.

It provides a vision to guide future policy development across a range of areas and sets out the practical steps that we need to take to prevent further degradation of our soils, enhance, restore and ensure their resilience, and improve our understanding of the threats to soil and best practice in responding to them.


A consultation on the "Planning for Soils in Worcestershire" Technical Research Paper took place in December 2010.

Details of consultation comments received, together with Worcestershire County Council's officer responses, can be viewed on the Technical Research Paper Consultation Responses (PDF 44 KB).

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External websites

  • Defra Soils
    Provides information on Defra's roles and responsibilities in relation to soils
  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust
    Central Government department responsible for national policy on preserving UK's Resources.
  • National Soil Resources Institute
    An institute based at Cranfield University and is a leader in research on soil and soil science.
  • The Soil Association
    A registered charity founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists who observed a direct connection between farming practice and plant, animal, human and environmental health.
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This page was last reviewed 29 July 2013 at 11:35.
The page is next due for review 25 January 2015.