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We are very well versed in writing coal mining risk assessments as part of planning submissions.

Unlike other companies offering an online service, our reports are written by Chartered Geologists, that are defined by the Coal authority as Competent Persons. We would urge potential clients to ask our competitors whether they employ Competent Persons otherwise they risk stalling the planning application process.

We have recently enhanced our Coal Mining Risk Assessment service in the Bristol area by acquisition of a very rare document published for the Department of Environment “Environmental Geology Study in the Bristol Area”. The document provides a summary of archived geological and mining records for the Bristol area and provides an unparalleled assessment of the prevailing mining regime.

As a result we are able to offer our clients an enhanced mining service delivered by Chartered Geologists experienced in the assessment of potentially unstable ground conditions.

Planning Authorities generally require an assessment of the potential ecological effects of a proposed development. Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) is usually the first step of this process and serves several important functions:

  • - Identifies ecological constraints
  • Early identification of the presence of important habitats, species or designated sites which could be affected can avoid additional costs and delays later on.

  • - Identifies opportunities for biodiversity enhancement
  • LPAs are required by law to have regard to their biodiversity duty when determining planning applications. Identifying features of a site which can be retained/managed to improve their value can help ensure the proposal is received favourably.

  • - Identifies any further survey requirements
  • PEA identifies the presence of, or potential for protected/priority species and habitats. Where these are reasonably likely to be present, and would be affected, they are a material consideration for the LPA. Further surveys will be required before an application can be determined. Many surveys can only be undertaken during a particular period so identifying their need avoids unnecessary programme delays.

  • - Identifies likely mitigation requirements
  • Where significant ecological impacts are likely to result, PEA can identify outline mitigation measures which could affect the programme, design or quantum of development.


PEA comprises a desk study, including a records search and an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey. The output is a report with a plan showing the habitats and features on site, and sometimes adjacent to site. PEA can be undertaken at any time of year. Undertaking PEA during autumn/winter can save valuable time for developments proposed for the following year.

If a proposal is unlikely to result in significant impacts the PEA may be sufficient for planning. Where further surveys are required, the PEA forms the basis for a more detailed Ecological Impact Assessment. PEA is a useful tool for developers entering into discussions with the LPA.

For more information, or to discuss your requirements call Simon Holden MCIEEM

Office: 0161 975 6088, Mobile: 07841 774 998, Email:

Reptile surveys can only be undertaken when reptiles are active (February – October). Surveys timings depend on the species and the geographical location. For most sites, surveys will need to be undertaken between April and September.

Widespread reptile species comprise common lizard, slow worm, grass snake and adder. Reptiles use a variety of habitats including grassland, heathland and brownfield sites, especially those where there are south-facing slopes for basking.

Any planning application involving impacts to habitats which could support reptiles is likely to require a robust assessment of potential impacts to reptiles.

Avoid delays to your planning application; contact Earth Environmental now to discuss your requirements. We provide expert advice and offer pragmatic solutions to enable development to proceed in accordance with planning policy and legislation.

We have recently welcomed two new staff members Mathew Holker and Peter Lynch to our Stockport office.

We are pleased to announce a new service, Plate Bearing Test and have completed numerous GeoEnvironmental, Stability and Remediation projects. Click below for full details.


  • New Service - Plate Bearing Test
    The Plate Bearing Test (or Plate Loading Test) is an in-situ field test used to determine the ultimate bearing capacity of rocks and soils and anticipated settlement beneath an imposed load.

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  • Surface Water Drainage Strategy
    A surface water drainage strategy is a report detailing how surface water can affect a site and surrounding areas. We offer a fixed price fee of £750 (excl VAT) for a report.

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