Coal Mining Areas

Coal Mining Areas  -  Risk Assessment

As a statutory consultee for development proposals the Coal Authority is introducing a new risk based approach to development management.  This is part of their strategic objective to manage the legacy of coal mining activities.  This may have an impact on the determination of planning applications within coal mining areas within Fife.  Depending upon the type of development you are proposing you may be required to submit a Coal Mining Risk Assessment report with your application.  We will advise you as soon as possible if you require to submit a report.  However it is recommended that you use the map at the bottom of this page (Fife Direct only) to establish if a report is required.  This will help to reduce any delays when processing your application.  If you are required to submit a report we will be unable to determine your application without this document.

To ensure that any risk posed by new developments is minimised, the Coal Authority has categorised Fife into 3 areas depending upon the level of potential risk.

Areas of risk are defined as:

Coal Mining Development High Risk Area

If you are submitting a Non-Householder application a report must be prepared for consideration by the Coal Authority.  If you are submitting a Householder application no report is required.  Full details are available in the guidance note which can be found at the bottom of this page.

Coal Mining Development Low Risk Area

For all development proposals within a Standing Advice Area a Standing Advice Note will be included as an Informative Note with a Decision Notice but there will be no requirement to consult with the Coal Authority.  Further information is available in the guidance note which can be found at the bottom of this page.

Off Coalfield

No action or consultation required.

Contact the Coal Authority if you have any questions or require further information.


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