Coal Mining Risk Assessments - City of Stoke-on-Trent

Coal Mining Risk Assessments - City of Stoke-on-Trent

The City of Stoke-on-Trent is by no means unique in terms of the impact that historic mining activity has on new built development. When the City Council brought forward a package of extension developments to a number of primary schools and new play areas, they approached us to provide Coal Mining Risk Assessments to identify the risks that mining legacy pose to their development proposals.

Coal Mining Risk Assessments are required to accompany planning applications where the site falls within a Coal Authority defined Development High Risk Area. A number of the schemes had already been submitted for planning approval and required fast turnarounds in order to avoid the delays that would arise due to non-validation of the planning application, where Coal Mining Risk Assessments had not been provided within the application bundle.

In some instances, through both our extensive experience in assessing geological conditions and mining risk and our trusted relationship with the Coal Authority, we were able to negotiate that Coal Mining Risk Assessments were not required due to the nature of the development. For those projects requiring a Coal Mining Risk Assessment, we provided clear and pragmatic advice regarding the risks to the development and gave cost effective recommendations where further investigation and/or stabilisation work was deemed to be appropriate.