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Would you but a house near a mineshaft?

The minseshaft is within 20 metres from the boundary but outside the curtilage of the property.

Asked on Jan 14 2011, General in Wolverhampton | Report content

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  • It would be best to contact a chartered surveyor and ask them to produce/obtain a Coal Mining report on your behalf. The results of the Coal Mining report could positively or negativey affect a mortgage lender's ability to lend on a property. From my mortgage lending experience I would suggest that 20 metres is very close to the affected area and could affect ground stability.

    Answered on Jan 15 2011, Report content
  • The 20m is a Law Society requirement and refers to the property boundaries i.e. the fence/wall/hedgeline and not the house itself. A mineshaft in the Black Country area of West Midlands 20m away from a house is, in most cases, very unlikely to affect it. If the shaft is under the house then in the unlikely event of it collapsing then it would probably damage the house. The distance which is safe is somewhere in between and involves a technical assessment of actual site conditions before a risk assessment can be made. I am a Chartered Surveyor and deal with mining issues in the Black Country on a daily basis and would be more than happy to discuss this further.

    Answered on Jan 20 2011, Report content

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