What are the Risks to a Property?


Over 34% of UK properties are in an area of risk caused by historic or current mining activity.

Mining related hazards can be the cause of subsidence, ground instability or sink holes.


Areas of risk don't just include properties in traditional well known mining regions, historically mining and extraction activity has been carried out in every county in England & Wales - in both the countryside and beneath towns and cities.


Buying or building a property in an area of risk needs serious consideration. Until now, it has been difficult to identify whether a particular address is in a mining risk area, and if so which further enquiries or specialist assistance are recommended.

MiningCheck's unique system searches the most up-to-date and accurate geospatial mapping to detect the specific types of mining risk activity in a given area.


Key Information

  • Mining and extraction has taken place in every county in England and Wales
  • Over 34% of properties in England and Wales are within a mining risk activity area
  • There are in excess of 200,000 recorded mine shafts and audit/tunnel portals in England and Wales
  • Mining Risks also apply to towns and cities, for example parts of London, Norwich, Newcastle, Birmingham, Bristol and Swansea are in a mining risk area
  • If your property is affected by settlement or subsidence associated with mining activity, the cost to make safe can be significant
  • MiningCheck's results are based upon data and mining expertise gathered over 39 years
  • MiningCheck screens for 64 types of minerals that have been mined in England and Wales

Stone

Ash
Barite
Bathstone
Building Stone
Calcite
Celestite
Chalk
Chert
Clay
Coprolite
Diatomite
Dolerite
Dolomite
Fireclay
Flagstone
Flint
Fluorspar
Fullers Earth
Ganister
Hornstone
Igneous and metamorphic rock
Limestone
Marble
Marl
Mica
Sandstone
Sand and/or gravel
Serpentine
Silica rock and/or sand
Slate
Sulphur
Tufa
Whetstone
Witherite

Metalliferous

Alum
Arsenic
Barium
Copper
Gold
Iron
Lead
Manganese
Ochre (Iron Ore)
Silver
Silver Lead
Tin
Tungsten
Umber
Zinc
Cobalt

Coal & Hydrocarbon

Bideford Black
Coal
Graphite
Jet
Peat
Oil and Shale

Evaporite

Alabaster
Anhydrite
Brine
Gypsum
Halite
Langbeinite
Potash
Salt

PlanVal Mining Searches

PlanVal Coal or Non-Coal Mining Searches accurately identify Mining Risk areas using individual characteristics and attributes combined with official data from The Coal Authority (TCA) and independent data drawn from 39 years of independent mining assessments and inspections. Our unique data and professional opinion includes the types of mining and/or quarrying and the depth, area and extent of the potential risk.

PlanVal Mining Searches are available from leading conveyancing search providers, including;