Coal mining risk assessments

We provide Coal Mining Risk Assessments and expert advice on coal mining legacy and its potential impacts on new development.

Whether you are constructing a single dwelling or a large strategic site we can provide the right advice and support to take your development forward.

Coal Mining Risk Assessments identify site specific coal mining risks and set out the proposed mitigation strategy to show that the site can be made safe and stable for the proposed development.

When submitting a planning application on the coalfield it is important to consider whether it is in a Development High or Low Risk area.

If you are developing a site within a High Risk area of the coalfield, your local authority will require a Coal Mining Risk Assessment alongside your planning application.

Some types of development do not need a Coal Mining Risk Assessment. If you need further advice or support contact us using the form below.

Our experts can quickly prepare a Coal Mining Risk Assessment to support your planning application.

We work with Britain’s coal mining legacy every day and can provide local knowledge about coal mining issues in England, Scotland and Wales.

If you are unsure whether you need a Coal Mining Risk Assessment we can talk you through the requirements and provide expert advice.

Development High Risk areas are designated when there are hazards that could affect a new development, which include:

  • mine entries with potential zones of influence
  • surface hazards
  • shallow and probable shallow coal mine workings
  • mine gas
  • geological features, such as fissures and break line
  • workable coal seam outcrops
  • surface (opencast) mining
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