Coal mining risk assessment

If you are planning a new development in a Coal Authority 'Development High Risk Area', you may be required to submit a Coal Mining Risk Assessment (CMRA) in support of your planning application unless the proposal is for any of the following:

  • householder development
  • change of use only
  • variation of conditions (unless the variation of condition relates directly to a CMRA)
  • advertisement applications​

The coal mining risk assessment report must be based on the most recent coal mining and geological information.

The risk assessment should:

  • identify risks to a development
  • end by identifying how coal mining issues have influenced a development
  • identify other relief, treatment and remedy measures that are needed to make sure a development is not subject to land instability
  • other safety risks linked to old coal mining activities

More information

Coal risk assessments are based on the following policy guidelines: