11 Agricultural Resources
11.1.1 To carry out the works in such a way to protect good
quality agricultural land from damage and to contain and limit
adverse effects on agricultural resources as far as reasonably
11.2 Agriculture Management Plan
11.2.1 As explained in Section 1.7 of this CoCP, the
contractor’s EMP will include an Agriculture Management Plan
which will include details of the controls to be implemented to
mitigate potential impacts on farms including maintaining
11.2.2 The Agriculture Management Plan will include the
following, as appropriate:
- Maps showing the farms adjacent to the construction site.
- Maps showing watercourses and, where known, field drainage
layouts and outfalls into watercourses or ditches.
- Details of the landowners, occupiers and agents for farms
adjacent to the construction site.
- Details of the husbandry associated with the areas of farms
adjacent to the construction site.
- Procedures to be adopted for the appropriate protection of
agricultural land adjacent to the construction site, including
information regarding appropriate stock-proof fencing to be
provided and maintained.
- Procedures to be adopted to undertake survey works to record
the condition of existing agricultural land which may be used
temporarily during construction, including agricultural land
quality and land drainage, as appropriate. See also Section 3.6 of
- Procedures to be adopted for the reinstatement of any
agricultural land which is used temporarily during
- A programme indicating when temporary occupation of
agricultural land will be taken and when any agricultural land used
temporarily is intended to be returned to agricultural use.
- Procedures to be adopted in relation to the provision of
accommodation works including a programme for the provision of
- Details of accesses which may be affected by construction,
including the procedures to be implemented to maintain access. See
also Section 4.4 of this CoCP.
- Procedures to be followed in relation to the stripping,
handling, storage and replacement of topsoil on areas of land to be
returned to agricultural use following construction.
11.2.3 The contractor will consult with the Scottish Government
Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate (formerly the Scottish
Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD))
regarding the preparation of the Agriculture Management Plan.
11.2.4 The contractor will appoint a liaison officer who will be
responsible for liaising with affected landowners, occupiers and
agents, as appropriate. See also Section 2 of this CoCP.
11.2.5 The contractor will advise landowners, occupiers and
agents, as appropriate, regarding the intended commencement of
construction works in areas of the site adjacent to agricultural
holdings. The contractor will also liaise with landowners,
occupiers and agents, as appropriate, regarding the provision of
accommodation works to agree the programme of works and access
routes to be used. The contractor will take reasonable precautions
in developing the construction programme to reduce disturbance,
without detriment to the overall construction programme.
11.3 Mitigation of Potential Impacts on Agricultural
11.3.1 The contractor will consult with, and implement
appropriate measures in accordance with guidance produced by, the
Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate in
relation to undertaking works on or adjacent to agricultural land.
Relevant guidance covering measures associated with soils erosion,
soil organic matter, soil structure and minimum level of
- the code of good practice – Prevention of Environmental
Pollution from Agricultural Activity (commonly known as the PEPFAA
- Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition measures for
Scotland (GAEC); and
- the Scottish Soil Framework Consultation Document.
11.3.2 The contractor will also implement appropriate measures
in accordance with the Code of Good Agricultural Practice –
Protecting our Water, Soil and Air in 2009 published by the
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
11.3.3 Prior to works commencing on agricultural land which will
be used temporarily or land which will be returned to agricultural
use following construction, the contractor will undertake surveys
to record the existing quality of land, including the condition of
the following, as appropriate:
- Topsoil and subsoil.
- Roads, accesses and paths.
- Agricultural land adjacent to the construction site.
11.3.4 The contractor will implement appropriate procedures in
relation to the stripping, handling, storage and replacement of
agricultural soils to mitigate risks associated with soil
degradation. The contractor will undertake reinstatement of land
used temporarily for construction in accordance with the
requirements of the Forth Crossing Bill. See also the requirements
of Section 3.6 of this CoCP in relation to the land to be used for
construction, including provision of appropriate fencing to
maintain the security of the site.
11.3.5 The contractor will take reasonable precautions in
relation to storage of agricultural soils, including the following,
- Handling and storing different soils separately, particularly
top soils and sub soils.
- Taking appropriate measures to prevent contamination of soils
with chemicals or other materials.
- Undertaking turf cutting in dry weather and ground conditions,
where reasonably practicable to avoid damaging the soil through
compaction or loss of soil by erosion.
11.3.6 The contractor will comply with the requirements of
Section 6 of this CoCP relating to handling and storage of material
and Section 9 of this CoCP in relation to control of run-off
insofar as they are applicable to protecting agricultural
11.3.7 The contractor will take reasonable precautions in the
design and construction of the Project to identify, protect and
maintain existing land drainage systems.
11.3.8 The contractor will comply with the requirements of
Section 10.4 of this CoCP in relation to measures to prevent the
spread of invasive and alien species.
11.3.9 The contractor will comply with the requirements of the
Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate and
appropriate guidance to avoid, as far as possible, the spread of
soil borne, crop and animal diseases. The contractor will implement
appropriate measures, such as those described in Section 9 of this
CoCP, will to control run-off to reduce any risks associated with
11.3.10 The contractor will take reasonable precautions to
identify locations of carcass burial sites within the construction
site to mitigate risks associated with the existence of any
11.3.11 The contractor will liaise with landowners, occupiers
and agents, as appropriate, to establish requirements and measures
to be implemented to maintain livestock water supplies which may be
affected due to construction works.
11.4.1 The contractor will implement monitoring procedures in
accordance with the requirements of Section 6 of the CoCP relating
to storage of materials and Section 9 of this CoCP in relation to
protection of the water environment, as appropriate.
11.4.2 The contractor will ensure that the Landscape Clerk of
Works (see Section 13 of this CoCP) monitors topsoil stripping,
handling and storage as appropriate to facilitate compliance with
the this section of the CoCP in relation to agricultural soils.
11.4.3 The contractor will undertake monitoring as necessary to
maintain security of the site as required to comply with Section
3.6 of this CoCP.
- Code of Good Agricultural Practice for farmers, growers and
land managers – Protecting our Water, Soil and Air,
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, 2009
- Code of Good Practice – Prevention of Environmental
Pollution from Agricultural Activity, The Scottish Executive,
- Cross Compliance Notes for Guidance. (Incorporating Good
Agricultural and Environmental Condition), The Scottish Executive,
- Environmental Protection Act 1990, as amended
- Farm Soils Plan, Protecting soils and income in Scotland, The
Scottish Executive, 2005
- Scottish Planning Policy 15 [SPP15] Planning for Rural
- The Scottish Soil Framework. A Consultation Document, The
Scottish Government, 2008
- Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as amended