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Abandoned Shallow Mine Workings

Coal Authority HIGH Risk Assessment for development

High Risk Area for Development

This shows a map of the Mine Workings that cut into the base of the hillside at the Hollins Cross Farm Site it can be seen that it covers 2/3 of the field from New Road / Glen View Road and so the land is designated as High Risk and not for development.

We asked the council if they had surveyed this site and researched for mine workings - as yet no replies.



In 1982 Burnley Golf Club at Glen View, which borders the Hollins Cross farm site were paid substantial compensation by the then National Coal Board now The Coal Authority on admission that Shallow Mine Workings on and around the Golf Club had cause Subsidence and Lands Slips.
This is proof that the Shallow Abandoned Mine Workings in the Hillside of Hollins Cross Farm extend far beyond what the Coal Authority have Documented.

Shallow Abandoned Mine Workings

Shallow Mine Workings

The Specific Risk category of The Hollins Cross Farm site is designated as Probable Shallow Coal Mine Workings and is such not suitable for development. Pink means very shallow.

The Coal Authority also groups Coal Mine workings into categories dependent on how close to the surface they are, above in figure this is highlighted in red - this URL shows a detailed map of the Mine Workings that are under the Hollins Cross Farm site

Why should planning authorities be concerned about land stability?
The effects of land instability may result in landslides, subsidence or ground heave. Failing to deal with this issue could cause harm to human health, local property and associated infrastructure, and the wider environment. They occur in different circumstances for different reasons and vary in their predictability and in their effect on development.
The planning system has an important role in considering land stability by minimising the risk and effects of land stability on property, infrastructure and the public. Burnley council should be helping ensure that various types of development should not be placed in unstable locations without various precautions.

Private undocumented Coal Mines - Shallow Mine workings

Private Mines and Undocumented Mining

The present owner of Hollins Cross Farm has confirmed that Hollins Cross Farm used to have its own private coal mine and that as a boy he worked it with his father and grandfather, the entrance to this abandoned shallow mine being near to Wilkie Avenue and stretches under the field into the Coal Seam that is highlighted by the above Red circle

The owner of the smallholding on the corner of Woodplumpton Road and New Road Mr. D. Bradbury and his Son have on their property the entrance to a Private Mine leading into the Hollins Cross Farm site that was mined for Anthracite many years ago, again this is another example of "Undocumented Mining" above and beyond what the Coal Authority have documented.

Local Retired Miner Mr. Brian Taylor of Glen View Road some 20+ years ago made an application with colleagues to extract coal from the Hollins Cross Farm site and has extensive knowledge of the area being a miner all his life. He knows the Hollins Cross Farm site to be riddled with shallow mine workings.

This is What Happens
When You build over
Abandoned Coal Mine workings

Burnley Council intend to allow building over Abandoned Coal Mine workings
at Hollins Cross Farm

Facts - Land Stability
Development Land in Burnley - Hollins Cross Farm
Developers - The fields below Crown Point are riddled with Abandoned Coal Mine working, covered in watercourses, streams, with naturally rising and underground streams and are a natural wetland and marshy area.
The water saturation levels of the fields are far beyond safe building levels - 30 years ago building was abandoned due to new buildings collapsing into the marshy ground.
Thinking of Buying a house at Hollins Cross Farm - The last attempted building on this site was abandoned and the land is totally unsuitable for Housing - Would you chance your biggest lifetime investment.

Planning Inspectors have not contacted the Coal Authority to Research into Abandoned Coal Mine workings
at Hollins Cross Farm

Facts - Abandoned Shallow Mines
Development Land in Burnley - Hollins Cross Farm
Developers - Why the planning officers working for Burnley Council should be concerned about land stability?
The effects of land instability caused by disturbance of old shallow mine workings may result in landslides, subsidence or ground heave.
Failing to deal with this issue could cause harm to existing local property and associated infrastructure.

Facts - Abandoned Shallow Mines
Development Land in Burnley - Hollins Cross Farm
Developers - In 1982 Burnley Golf Club at Glen View, which borders the Hollins Cross farm site were paid substantial compensation by the then National Coal Board now The Coal Authority on admission that Shallow Coal Mine Workings on and around the Golf Club had caused Subsidence and Lands Slips.
This is proof that the Shallow Abandoned Mine Workings in the Hillside of Hollins Cross Farm extend far beyond what the Coal Authority have Documented.