FWS Consultants Ltd

Tel: +44 (0)1388 420 633

Email: admin@fwsconsultants.com

Merrington House, Merrington Lane Ind. Est.

Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 7UT

United Kingdom


FWS Consultants Scotland

Tel: 01355 207 778

Email: admin@fwsconsultants.com

Office 1.8, 1 Redwood Crescent

Peel Park, East Kilbride, Glasgow G74 5PA

United Kingdom


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Planning Authorities may now require a Mining Risk Assessment to be carried out for all sites where development is proposed in areas defined by the relevant authorities (such as the Coal Authority) as a “Development High-Risk Area”.


A Mining Risk Assessment should contain the following information:


  • Site-specific information on past, present and future underground mining, shallow workings, mine entries, opencast mining, mine gas (where applicable), geological features and any recorded surface hazards.


  •  Identify the risks coal mining presents to the proposed development.


  • Identify how mining and mineral extraction issues influence the proposed development and what changes or mitigation measures are required within the development to manage the coal mining risks.

Planning Authorities require all Mining Risk Assessments to be prepared by suitably qualified ‘competent’ persons. FWS has over 40 years' experience in providing geological and geotechnical assessments for the mining industry in England, Scotland and Wales; for example, we hold seam plans and mine entry records for a range of these areas.


Where the Mining Risk Assessment identifies instability or mine gas risks, FWS has the expertise to undertake the necessary investigation programmes, remediation design, specification and contract Management to deliver the development on time and to budget.

FWS provide expert advice on mining risk to developers, landowners, architects, structural engineers, regulators and local authorities to provide value engineered solutions, based on pragmatic and cost-effective advice.


All of our Mining Risk Assessments are prepared on a fixed fee basis by a team of highly experienced Geologists and Geotechnical Engineers.


Contact us on: 01388 420 633 for a quote