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Mining Searches

A Mining Search from Searches UK is an optional conveyancing search designed to find out if there are any past, present or future mining activities in the vicinity of your client’s new property.

We recommend that properties located in Wales, Cheshire, Cornwall, Bath or the West Midlands, in particular, receive one of our Mining Searches, as these areas are renowned for their past involvement in the mining industry.  However, there are many areas around the whole of the country that, whilst not well known for having been mined, could have potential risks and require further investigation.

What kind of Mining Searches are there?

Our detailed Mining Searches cover various enquiries including Coal and Brine, Tin and Metal, Limestone, and Bath Stone. This is important as different areas in the country will have been exposed to different types of mining.

Our Mining Search reports identify any risks associated with past mining or quarrying activities, and are ideal for land and property purchases. These reports highlight whether or not the property is within an area that is likely to be affected by past, present or future workings.

Why is a Mining Search needed?

If a property is located in an area where previous mining or quarrying has been carried out, this could affect the property’s foundations, cause subsidence, or a number of other structural issues, due to the presence of hollow land beneath the property.

This could make the property difficult to mortgage for the client, or in extreme cases even make the house dangerous to live in.

We supply Terrafirma Searches

As an official alternative to The Coal Authority CON29M, the Terrafirma CON29M Report provides expert interpreted answers to all 11 questions (14 for commercial properties) using Coal Authority licensed data and meets all the requirements as stipulated by the new Law Society CON29M (2018) guidance. It translates the risk of coal mining activity into a clear professional opinion, concluding previously unanswered questions such as:

Is the property susceptible to coal mining-related subsidence?

Will coal mining hinder the completion of the transaction?

Will coal mining impact the value of the property?

Will coal mining impact normal lending processes?

Unlike other coal mining reports, the Terrafirma CON29M has been designed   to significantly increase the pass rate. With improved data processes, risk screening and assessment, your client will have a better understanding of what coal mining risks face their property, and what they need to do next.

Contact us to find out if your client needs a Mining Search, or browse the PDF documents below to see exactly what information you will receive in one of our Mining Searches.

Tin Mining Searches

If you live in areas like Cornwall, Devon or Somerset, where tin mining was common, you’ll need to get a Tin Mining Search, and even if you live outside these areas, it’s worth checking if there is any past, present or future tin mining which may cause problems like subsidence to your new property.

Our Tin Mining Search Report will identify any local tin mining risks and deliver the information in a clear and straightforward way, so you can make an informed decision about purchasing the property.

Official Coal Search
Additional  Mining Searches:
  • Council (Official) Coal & Brine
  • Regulated (Personal) Coal & Brine
  • Council (Official) China or Ball Clay Mining
  • Regulated (Personal) China or Ball Clay Mining
  • Council (Official) Mine Entry Access
  • Regulated (Personal) Mine Entry Access
  • Cornwall Tin & Metal
  • Bath Stone
  • West Midlands Limestone
  • British Gypsum
  • Enviro All-in-One Report
Please contact us for more details about these searches on our Freephone number, 0800 043 1815, or email us at

Terrafirma Searches

Terrafirma are the UK’s only Local Mining Experts, able to accurately and comprehensively identify and assess the risk to your client’s property or land from past, present and planned mining and mineral extraction across England and Wales.

Terrafirma Coal Searches

TerraSearch Coal
TerraSearch Coal Extra
TerraSearch Assure
TerraSearch Interpret
TerraSearch Assess

Landmark Mining Searches

Landmark Mining & Subsidence Report

Groundsure Cheshire Salt Search

Groundsure Cheshire Salt Search Report

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