Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q51. Do you have any views on our approach to minerals? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 928833//1
Respondent Coal Authority [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 12 Dec 2018

I would like to confirm that the Coal Authority does not wish to nominate any sites for inclusion within the assessment.

As you will be aware, coal resources are present within the administrative area of North Somerset Council and the area has been subjected to coal mining which will have left a legacy. By way of illustration, within Lichfield there are approximately 170 recorded mine entries and the Coal Authority has in the past been called upon to deal with approximately 20 reported surface hazards. 

Any eventual site allocation can be assessed against the Coal Authority data that has been provided to you. We are therefore pleased to note that the latest version of this data has been downloaded (18 April and 22 November 2018) by Ms Lauren Dean: GIS Mapping Officer at North Somerset Council. 

Notwithstanding the above, I would emphasise that former mining activities and related hazards are certainly not a strict constraint on development; indeed it would be far preferable for appropriate development to take place in order to remove these public liabilities on the general tax payer.   The Coal Authority would therefore not wish to suggest that any potential sites should be excluded from the assessment on the grounds of former mining legacy issues.

In addition, an assessment should be made of the likely impact on mineral resources, including coal. This will help to ensure that any potential sterilisation effects (along with whether prior extraction of the resource would be appropriate) are properly considered in line with the guidance in paras. 209 and 211 of the NPPF.

site allocation can be assessed against the Coal Authority data