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Areas of potential coal mining from Coal Authority


Coal mining has a long and important role in the industrial history of Great Britain. This continues today with some 20.5 million tonnes of coal produced from deep and opencast mines during 2005-2006. Coal mining records are held and maintained by the Coal Authority on both opencast and deep mining activities.

A development built over or near old coal mineshafts and opencast mining could be affected by environmental factors, such as mining subsidence and specific mineral deposits. This layer displays the location of coal mining activity in Great Britain, past and present. Under the 1991 Coal Mining Subsidence Act, owners of property damaged by coal mining may be entitled to repair or depreciation compensation.

A CON29M mining search from the Coal Authority is required in these areas when buying property to provide further information on opencast and deep mining activities, past and present.

Data providerCoal Authority
Sample of dataSample layered PDF
Coverage areaBritain

Version date of dataset2016
Frequency of update cycleIrregular

Viewable in map windowYes
Viewable on map backgroundsAll map backgrounds except FIND Map / OS Plan
Viewable between scales1: 3 001 - 1: 500 000

PrintableYes
Printable between scales 1: 3 001 - 1: 500 000

ExportableYes
Export formatsDWG, DXF, TAB, SHP
Maximum export size via internet100 000 hectares (1000 km²)

Viewing£0.50 per sq km
Printing£0.50 per sq km
Exporting£0.50 per sq km

Period layer saved for viewing (without incurring further costs)12 months
Period print saved for (without incurring further costs)12 months

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