Surprise, Surprise, it’s a Mine Shaft

A further reminder of why all house buyers are well advised to obtain specialist property advice is the recently reported case of the 100m shaft that has opened up next to a bungalow in Cornwall.

Almost every county in England and Wales has been mined for one or more natural resources, in most cases these workings have long since ceased.  It is vital therefore for a buyer in these locations to ensure that proper searches are carried out to establish whether the property is in an area likely to be affected by former mining work.

The geology and type of mining will determine the nature of the risk but clearly if the property is built over or near to a former mine shaft this is a significant matter. If this is discovered, the property may well be unsaleable, assuming of course that it still exists at all once the hole has opened.