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Coal Mining Risk Assessment

Coal Mining Risk Assessment to be submitted to support the following types of planning applications within the defined Development High Risk Area and do not fall on the published exemption list:

• Full planning permission
• Outline planning permission

To find whether a site is located within a development high risk area applicants should use the Coal Authority online search service
Below is a brief outline of what an appropriate Coal Mining Risk Assessment (CMRA) should include:

• Introduction
• Sources of information used to inform the report
• Identification and assessment of site-specific coal mining risks
• Mitigation strategy proposed
• Conclusion
• Relevant appendices

For further detail information please refer to guidance on

Planning applications and Coal Mining Risk Assessments - GOV.UK

The CMRA must be prepared by a competent person and details of authors and reviewers and their relevant competencies should be identified at the start of the report. The relevant degrees which may be held by professionals competent to carry out a desk-based Coal Mining Risk Assessment include:

• Geology
• Geotechnical engineering
• Mineral surveying
• Mining engineering
• Structural engineering

Although these are professionals which may be competent to prepare the desk-based assessment, the Coal Authority considers that the sign off for these reports should be undertaken by a chartered engineer or geologist with at least 3 years’ experience in ground investigation.