The professional opinion on residential risk from coal mining activity

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

The residential report answers all of the official 11 questions requested in Law Society Guidance Notes (2018) and has additional information should the property fall within the Cheshire Brine Compensation area and 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.

Mine Entry report: A small proportion of CON29M reports recommend that a further Mine Entry Report is required. Groundsure is now able to provide this report. For more information click here.

Detailed answers and expert opinion on all 11 CON29M questions

  1. Past underground coal mining
  2. Present underground coal mining
  3. Future underground coal mining
  4. Shafts and adits (mine entries)
  5. Coal mining geology
  6. Past opencast coal mining
  7. Present opencast coal mining
  8. Future opencast coal mining
  9. Coal mining subsidence claims
  10. Mine gas emissions
  11. Emergency Call Out incidents

Also includes a Cheshire Brine alert.

Why investigate coal mining risk?
The history of coal mining in the UK has resulted in a potential risk of coal-mining related ground subsidence in areas affected. In 2000 the Law Society produced the CON29M form to assist solicitors in identifying issues relating to coal mining. Law Society Guidance Notes (2018) states a CON29M Report is a mandatory requirement for property and land purchase in coal mining areas.

Did you know that…
…approximately ¼ of all residential transactions require a CON29M report? The Groundsure CON29M Official Coal Mining Search – Residential is the only report to include ALL of the following:

• 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.

Why choose the Groundsure CON29M Official Coal Mining Search – Residential report.
Simplicity, Accuracy, Clarity

• It includes a front page summary of the 11 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).

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.

Brought to you by Groundsure and Mining Searches UK
An in-house team of expert environmental specialists at Groundsure and geologists at Mining Searches UK can be contacted to discuss any questions from either the search provider, the solicitor or the purchaser.

Groundsure is the leading provider of environmental search reports in the UK. Our dedicated and specialist team are committed to producing information that informs better property decisions. At Groundsure, over 30 environmental professionals are focused on using our knowledge in new, innovative and accurate ways. Since 1978 Mining Searches UK has provided peace of mind through specialist knowledge of historical mining throughout the UK. A trusted team of specialist mining engineers, geologists and historians, Mining Searches UK assesses the mining risk of a piece of land, property or site.




£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 and conditions.

What does 'Order in Progress' mean?

Order in progress is a status we assign when your report or data is being produced. You will receive your product within the defined turnaround time. If you order states “with Groundsure”, this is because you have submitted your order with a site plan and we are working on digitising your site boundary, or because the site drawn exceeds our standard pricing options. Orders will be placed within 24 hours, and a member of the team will be in contact if we require further information. If you order states “On Hold”, this is because one of our environmental consultants has raised a query with your order. This query will have been emailed to you.

What does 'Passed/Acceptable Environmental Risk' mean?

Groundsure provide a statement regarding the likely designation of the property under Part 2A of EPA 1990 and the level of risk associated with the property represents either ‘Acceptable Environmental Risk’ or ‘In Need of Further Assessment’ ‘Acceptable Environmental Risk’ or ‘Passed’ indicates that there is an unlikely risk of statutory (Part 2A EPA 1990) or third party action being taken against the site and the potential environmental risks associated with the property are not considered significant

CON29 Local Authority Searches

The CON29, Section 3.12 of The Local Authority Search is an identification of land that has already been designated as “contaminated land” under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This doesn’t provide an indication if a site is on the local authority’s Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy or if it is likely to be designated.

How do I cancel a report?

Cancelling an order ‘in progress’ can be dealt with via your Groundsure account. If the order you wish to cancel is already complete, please contact us and the team will advise you on our cancellation policy.

How do I download a report?

All reports will be delivered by email to the designated email address. If necessary, you are also able to include an additional email address before placing your order. However, if the file is too big for email, a download link will be emailed to you. Alternatively, you can download any report from your Order History.

How do I order a report?

If you already have a Groundsure account you will need to log in using your user name and password and select the product(s) you require. If you do not have a Groundsure account, one must be set up, even for single pay as you go orders. This can be done using the create an account function.