If you have any questions, please call us on 01924 255 666 or email us today on fennellgreenandbates@gmail.com

Coal Mining Risk Assessments

Risk Based Approach to Planning, Mining & Subsidence Engineering, Coal and Other Mining Reports

The Coal Authority are responsible for the historical coal mining legacy in the United Kingdom and have issued guidance on how the risk from past coal mining can be reduced by the preparation of a risk assessment for development in coal mining areas. Our team of engineers and surveyors provide mining reports and advise how mining may have affected the land and any future development.

Planning applications in the coalfield areas of the United Kingdom require a coal mining risk assessment to be submitted via the Planning Authority to the Coal Authority to assess the risk of subsidence and the mitigation of that risk through good design for the building of the development.

Without a coal mining risk assessment the Coal Authority will object to the development and they expect an independent report by an experienced mining engineer or geologist familiar with coal mining legacy issues.

Coal Worked at a Site
Coal Worked at a Site

The practice has been involved in mining since 1875 and our present partner has advised landowners on coal interests and historical coal mining activity for over 25 years. The company hold a large archive of mine plans and records dating back to 1872. The practice has undertaken subsidence predictions, shallow mine working investigations, treatment of mine shafts, day holes and surface mining of shallow coal and clay with compaction. Permission is sought from the Coal Authority on treating mine workings and reducing the risk of coal mining subsidence from deeper seams by risk assessment.

We have also dealt with mining operations that have extracted stone, sand, lead and industrial minerals by underground means in the UK.

House Purchase

Our engineers provide a comprehensive service to house buyers and solicitors on mineral working and in particular mine working in the exposed coal field of the UK.

The main concern is mine shafts and adits in proximity to a property when the property changes ownership and the coal mining search identifies a mine opening within 25 metres of the property. Most lenders will view a mine opening as being too high a risk for lending purposes due to the risk of collapse of ground near the mine opening or subsidence.

Our engineers offer solutions by way of risk-based assessment for property holders on the likelihood of future damage to a property either from the mine opening or subsidence from old coal mines, or other mineral workings.

For any other information please do not hesitate to contact John Carlon or a member of the office team who will be happy to help.

Safeguarded Minerals

The planning regime now requires that some minerals are safeguarded from development or they are assessed for quality, need and treatment and it is likely that in the future housing developers and commercial project managers will need to justify to the Planning Authority and in the case of coal, the Coal Authority how the minerals might be worked prior to redevelopment of a site and if not justification why the minerals should be sterilised.

Our engineers are able to undertake the risk assessments and the geological modelling to ascertain the way forward to develop land that has minerals beneath by working the mineral or protecting it for future generations after the development has been built.

Assessments can be undertaken in coal mining areas to ascertain the risk of mining subsidence and factor in the build process ways of mitigating the cost of repairs or specialist design. Most Planning Authorities now require a Coal Mining Risk report to support a planning application for construction.

Many minerals are safeguarded for the supply of strategic minerals or the supply of building materials in the future so an in depth knowledge of the industry is required which our Chartered Surveyors possess.

Cromwell Wood Estate Company Limited Tel: 01924 255666 or Mob:07739256461


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