Our experience and quality of work in the energy minerals area is, we believe, second to none due to our longstanding involvement with the coal mining industry in the UK. We can offer our clients a wealth of experience and knowledge, including from within the industry, to assist their businesses continuity and help to ensure sustained levels of production to serve the continuing demand for indigenous coal in the country’s energy mix.
We build, lead and co-ordinate specialist teams of consultants to deliver robust EIA in support of surface coal mine sites which are normally greenfield developments but may have contamination or poor ground conditions from former mine workings. Our chartered planning team has particular expertise in coordinating large and complex submissions, whilst our team of chartered landscape architects provide specialist input to landscape and visual assessment, in line with best practice guidance and, also, restoration design and aftercare elements of the process. We work in industry-standard software such as LSS in order to dovetail pit designs with geology and geotechnical best practice and to fully assess through the design stages large elements such as overburden mounds, soil bunds and face profiles.
All our work is ensured to be ‘Inquiry ready’, knowing that planning consent at a local level is increasingly challenging. Our Directors have considerable experience appearing as expert witnesses at Public Inquiry, the experience of which feeds back into our future planning applications.