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Why Coal Mining Could Make or Break Your Development Scheme


Whether you are a developer or investor, being aware of potential hidden costs can be the difference between making a profit or a loss on a project.

Introducing the new Coal Mining Reporting Areas overlays

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At Nimbus, we know how important it is for you to assess your sites thoroughly. Coal Mining can affect whether a scheme is possible, particularly the risk of subsidence.

The hazard for new developments is found in the ground and because of this, the initial works can be much higher than expected if the state of the ground is unknown - this can present a huge risk when choosing a site.  

Without Nimbus, it would be unlikely to know what these risks are at the point of purchase, but our new Coal Mining Reporting Areas Overlays highlight in seconds whether the site is in an area where coal mining has taken place.  

Coal Mining High-Risk Areas Overlay

This new overlay highlights areas where new developments will need to demonstrate the proposals to be safe and stable taking full account of former coal mining activities. Formally known as the Development Referral Area.

Coal Mining Reporting Areas Overlay

This new overlay highlights whether a coal mining report is required for property transactions and the conveyance process.


How the Coal Mining Reporting Areas overlay will help you

Currently, to find out coal mining information you’d have to use Government websites to try and answer whether a property is at risk of coal mines. However, this issue is not usually identified until a planning application is submitted, or it is only noticed after a costly local search.  

We’ve created this overlay to highlight any coal mining areas that might put your development at risk - saving you unnecessary and unprecedented costs and helping you make the most informed decision when choosing a site.  

How to use it

Simply select the Location Analysis tool in the top right of the Nimbus Maps app, then select the Coal Mining Reporting Overlays overlay from the Technical dropdown menu.

The map will highlight the Coal Mining reporting areas for you.

Did you know you can now also request a full Local Search through our Client Solutions service, which covers a number of hazards such as radon, contaminated land, ground stability, air quality, etc? Find out more.


Want to learn more about how Nimbus Maps will help you assess potential land and property opportunities? Book a personalised demo or request a free trial today.

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