CON29M Official Coal Mining Search – Commercial

RRPFrom £80+vat
Delivery Time<24hours
Reliance£10m*

The professional opinion on commercial risk from coal mining activity

The Groundsure CON29M Official Coal Mining Search – Commercial brought to you by Groundsure under Law Society licence using official Coal Authority data.

You no longer need to buy the Mine Entry Report as a separate report. A mine entry interpretive assessment is included in the CON29M report, where required, as standard for no extra charge.*

The commercial report answers all of the official 14 questions requested in Law Society Guidance Notes (2018) and has additional information should the property fall within the Cheshire Brine Compensation area. The report offers extra peace of mind, protection and security via a comprehensive £100k Coal Search Report Insurance Policy.

What is the CON29M? The CON29M is a legal form set out by the Law Society to provide information on past, present and future underground and surface coal mining activity for individual properties or sites in England and Wales. It is requested by solicitors on behalf of their clients as part of the conveyancing searches purchased in a coal mining or past coal mining area.

Key features

  • It includes a front page summary of the 14 question responses set out by the Law Society, with clear signposting to detailed information, answers and expert opinion
  • The report uses official data licensed from the Coal Authority, interpreted and analysed by industry experts Mining Searches UK
  • Offers protection and security via a comprehensive £100k Coal Search Report Insurance Policy
  • It gives unrivalled data analysis delivering expert insight and understanding for you and your clients
  • A unique additional alert highlights the Cheshire Brine Compensation Area – where applicable
  • Clear and focused risk advice and next step recommendations supporting transaction progression and completion
  • Easy to understand client ready copy – accessible to everyone involved in the transaction
  • Uses an OS MasterMap plan of the site and an additional coal mining risk map identifying hazards in relation to the property
  • The report uses the now established Groundsure formula for best in class layout and navigation – designed for quick and easy interpretation, getting you to the information you and your clients need, faster
  • Streamlined layout compared to other available reports enabling a clearer workflow resulting in smarter and faster decisions
  • Supports your professional requirements and is accepted by all major UK lenders
  • £10m Professional Indemnity Insurance** (any one claim).

Benefits to the end user

  • Pass/potential risk rating
  • Professional opinion
  • Overview of findings and recommendations
  • In depth and detailed search results
  • Further notes and guidance
  • Coal mining map
  • £100,000 Coal Search Report Insurance
  • OS MasterMap site plan
  • Cheshire brine alert

*Mine entry interpretive assessment 

The content of the Groundsure interpretive Mine Entry Report is fully incorporated into the Groundsure CON29M Official Coal Mining Search (both the Residential and Commercial versions) for no extra charge, as standard.

Previously, where mine entries were identified the CON29M would recommend they be investigated further through an additional interpretive report. From the 16th March the valuable additional content and risk assessment provided in that follow-up search will be embedded into the standard CON29M.

Key benefits 

  • No need to delay the transaction for a follow-up report
  • A calculated zone of influence (ZOI) for each mine entry (the physical extent to which they could pose a risk) included as standard
  • This ZOI data is built into the report intelligence, risk calculation intelligence and recommendations of the report
  • The assessment goes above and beyond official Law Society CON29M guidance and will flag a risk whenever a mine entry ZOI encroaches on a property - even when there is no mine entry within 20m
  • Helpful next steps included for all potential mine entry scenarios
  • Where appropriate connecting underground roadways are included
  • Guidance on next steps in the event of subsidence damage
  • The design and format remains largely unchanged

Coal reporting in Scotland

In Scotland this is a ‘Regulated’ search rather than ‘Official’. This is because the Law Society (of England and Wales) and their CON29M form and Guidance Notes do not apply in Scotland. If the property is located in Scotland you will still be able to order the CON29M product (for either Residential or Commercial transactions) and the Groundsure team will generate the appropriate version for Scottish transactions.

The same 11 questions are answered in the Scottish version and the product is identical in terms of the in-depth information included. Key differences:
The Scottish version will not have the question text and numbered format (as licensed and requested by the Law Society)
The Cheshire brine alert is removed for Scotland.

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** Reliance: £10m Professional Indemnity Insurance (any one claim). Can be relied upon by all professional parties within a property transaction, first purchasers/tenants and their advisers. Please refer to Groundsure terms & conditions.

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