Coal mining risk assessment report
|Policy driver||National Planning Policy Framework| Section 11 Paragraph’s 109,121|
Replacement Unitary Development Plan – Policy M5 and GM1
|Type of application||All non householder applications in Coal Mining Referral Areas Map| unless on the Exemptions List||
|Geographic locations where this information is required||Coal Mining Referral Areas Map||
|What information is required||A desk based Coal Mining Risk Assessment| should be prepared by a suitably qualified and competent person|
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The desk based Coal Mining Risk Assessment should be prepared by a suitably qualified and competent person (see extract from former PPG14 Development on unstable land| for definition). It should contain:
- Site specific coal mining information including past / present / future underground mining, shallow coal workings (recorded or probable), mine entries (shafts and adits), mine gas, current licensed areas for coal extraction, any geological features, any recorded surface hazards and past / present surface mining sites (past sites may have used the old style opencast extraction methods);
- Identify what risks these coal mining features, including cumulative effects , pose to the new development;
- Identify how coal mining issues have influences the proposed development scheme, (e.g. layout) and what mitigation measures will be required to manage those issues and/or whether any changes have been incorporated into the development proposals;
- Confirm whether the prior written permission of the Coal Authority will be required for the site investigations and/or mitigation works; and indicate when this permission will be sought.
Any development that involves intrusive activities which intersect, disturb or enter any coal seams, coal mine workings or mine entries require the prior written permission of the Coal Authority in the interests of public safety and state property management.
Note: if the development is subject to the Environmental Impact Assessment process under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 (as amended), it is suggested that the Coal Mining Risk Assessment can be incorporated into the Environmental Statement.