When making plans for the future of a local council area the development plans should safeguard coal resources which are at or close to the surface. This should be done in accordance with National Planning Policy.
Surface coal resource areas are where extraction of the coal can be carried out by surface mining methods. These resources vary in depth and quality, and the amount of rock coverage may affect whether or not extraction is practical.
Surface coal resource information
Use the coalfield plans for your local council area to see where surface coal resources have been identified. The Coal Authority’s interactive map viewer provides a surface coal resource area option.