What is a Coal and Brine Report?
The CON29M, Coal and Brine Report, is a critical part of the conveyancing process for anyone purchasing a property in an area of coal mining subsidence in England and Wales. The residential coal mining search is produced by The Coal Authority and identifies potential coal mining risks which can affect the value of the property.
Do I need one?
Yes, a CON29M is vital if buying a property in any coal mining area. The report can provide important information regarding past, present or proposed coal mining activities. It will also identify potential risk of future damage to the property.
Information provided in the Coal and Brine Report can affect the cost of insurance on the property which could affect a decision to purchase. It could also be used to renegotiate any offer made on the property if the report was to highlight anything of concern.
What’s included in a Coal and Brine report?
A CON29M should answer a list of 12 enquiries approved by The Law Society and provide relevant information regarding any or all of the following;
- underground and opencast coal mining
- 20 metre buffer for mine entries
- coal mining geology
- coal mining subsidence
- mine gas
- surface hazards related to coal mining
- emergency Surface Hazard call out procedure
- Historic rights to coal
- Subsidence damage claims
- Brine subsidence claim information from the Cheshire Brine Board (if applicable)
Where do I get one?
You can obtain a Coal and Brine Report either directly through The Coal Authority or through an independent search provider. Normally a conveyancing solicitor will request this report on the behalf of the buyer if the property is located in a mining area, as part of a standard set of searches that include the LLC1, CON29 and the CON29DW
The information provided in the Coal and Brine Report will be the same regardless of which search company you use. The CON29M is provided by The Coal Authority, who holds and maintains the national coal mining database. The report is created using records from their database which is updated every 24 hours so they can supply current and up to date information on new hazards and subsidence reports.
How much does it cost?
The cost of a coal and brine report can vary between search providers and also vary in detail, in most cases a standard residential report is sufficient. However if you require additional detail or information this is charged accordingly.
Alternatively you can request a report directly from The Coal Authority. The price can differ depending on if you provide the boundary information or whether you require The Coal Authority to do this on your behalf and the amount of detail you have requested.
How long does it take?
Like cost, the length of time it takes to obtain a Coal and Brine Report can vary depending on your search provider and also how many requests The Coal Authority has received but in most cases a CON29M can be obtained in 1 to 5 days.
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