Guidance

Planning applications: Coal Mining Risk Assessments

If your site is in a Development High Risk Area you will need to submit a Coal Mining Risk Assessment to your Local Planning Authority.

The coalfield is divided into 2 areas, referred to as Development High Risk Area and Development Low Risk Area:

  • the High Risk Area (15% of the coalfield area) is where coal mining risks are present at shallow depth which are likely to affect new development
  • the Low Risk Area (85% of the coalfield) is where past coal mining activity has taken place at sufficient depth that it poses low risk to new development

If your site is in a Development High Risk Area you will need to submit a Coal Mining Risk Assessment to your Local Planning Authority, to support your planning application.

The aim of a Coal Mining Risk Assessment is to 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 development being proposed.

Check if your site is in a High Risk Area on the coalfield

Use the Coal Authority’s interactive map viewer to see if your site is in a Development High Risk Area and understand if you will be required to submit a Coal Mining Risk Assessment to your Local Planning Authority.

Please activate the ‘High Risk Area’ option to see this information.

If you are submitting a planning application in a Development Low Risk Area then there is no statutory requirement to submit a Coal Mining Risk Assessment.

The Coal Authority considers that some types of development do not need to be supported by a Coal Mining Risk Assessment and these are published on our exemptions list.

Coal Mining Risk Assessment exemption list

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Obtaining a Coal Mining Risk Assessment

A Coal Mining Risk Assessment must be prepared by a competent person.

A definition and guidance is provided in the document ‘Resources for Developers: Risk-Based Approach to Development Management.’

Resources for Developers: Risk-Based Approach to Development Management

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Information for Local Planning Authorities

Local Planning Authorities on the coalfield can access the Coal Authority’s data portal to download data for their administrative area.

Users will need their username and password to access their data, which has been previously provided to all registered contacts within each Local Planning Authority on the coalfield.

Access the Coal Authority’s data portal

Please contact the Coal Authority’s planning and local authority liaison if you do not know who the registered contact is within your Local Planning Authority, or if you have forgotten your username or password.

The data and plans are made available to Local Planning Authorities to provide the evidence base for the statutory development plans and to undertake consultation and the determination of planning applications.

Coal Authority planning and local authority liaison team

Monday to Thursday: 8.45am to 5pm
Friday: 8.45am to 4.30pm

Published 17 September 2014
Last updated 31 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. Update to the Guidance for Developers - Risk Based Approach to Development Management (Version 4)
  2. Updated coal mining risk assessment exemption list document
  3. First published.