The new terminology includes Coal Mining Development High Risk Areas.
High Risk Areas are defined as areas, based upon Coal Authority records where land stability and other safety risks are associated with historical coal mining activities. They include areas of known/suspected shallow coal mining, recorded mine/adit entries and areas of former surface extraction.
The Coal Authority is a statutory consultee for any planning application within a High Risk Area.
Earth Environmental & Geotechnical have completed many Coal Mining Risk Assessments for residential, commercial and industrial properties which include an assessment of the Coal Authority Mining Report, a visit to the offices of the Coal Authority to assess mining plans, a review of modern and historical published geological maps and review of technical reports/memoirs.
The British Geological Survey would be contacted to obtain any coal exploration, water well and site investigation borehole information.
If the Coal Mining Risk Assessment identifies a risk to a potential development a programme of site investigation can be completed in-house by Earth Environmental & Geotechnical Ltd.