Landowners and developers need to be fully aware of potential issues with mining, and this is initially done through a risk assessment.
Coal Mining Risk Assessments
Under current planning requirements, development sites within defined coal mining areas require the risks posed by both recorded and unrecorded coal mining to be assessed.
For sites in a Coal Mining Development High-Risk Area, the Coal Authority will object to planning applications that do not have a Coal Mining Risk Assessment (CMRA). Furthermore, some Local Authorities will not register planning applications without a CMRA.
Note: Coal Authority Mining Reports or conventional ground investigation reports are no longer considered sufficient to satisfy the criteria set out by the Coal Authority for the preparation of CMRAs.
GRM has been producing mining risk assessments for over 20 years and these are being accepted under the new guidance. On sites where past mining activity poses a risk, our team of Chartered Geologists can advise on the most appropriate and cost-effective way to remove the risk to your site and render it suitable for the proposed end-use.
Examples of recent GRM news stories related to coal mining risk assessments can be found via the following links:
- The Use of LIDAR Technology to Locate Unrecorded Coal Mines
- Unrecorded Mine Shaft Required Specialist Treatment
- On the Hunt for Hidden Mine Shafts
- Expect the Unexpected
- Unrecorded Mine Workings Provide Challenging Case Study
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