Smoke Control Areas
In order to reduce pollution from domestic chimneys, under the Clean Air Act 1993, local authorities are able to declare the whole or part of their districts to be a smoke control area. In these areas you can't emit smoke from a chimney unless you're burning an 'authorised fuel' or using an 'exempt appliance'. This means it is an offence to burn fuels such as coal and wood on an open fire in the area.
Within the Chiltern / South Bucks area the following properties fall within a smoke control area:
|Bath Road||576 & 578|
|1 - 15 inclusive|
|Conway Road||1A, 1, 2, 3 & 4|
|Huntercombe Close||1A, 1B, 15, 16, 17|
Part Numbers 1, 13 &14
|Huntercombe Lane North (West side)|
13 to 105A inclusive odds
|Missenden Gardens (Block A)||1 to 12 inclusive|
8, 9 & 10
|Shoreham Rise||1 - 15 inclusive|
|Wendover Road||29, 31, 30, 32 & 34|
|Windsor Lane||Cedar Cottages|
In these areas:
- Only authorised smokeless fuels can be used, unless burnt on an exempted appliance or exempted fireplace.
- You're committing an offence if you allow emissions of smoke from a chimney, unless authorised fuel or an exempted appliance is used.
- You must confirm with the supplier that any oil or solid fuel fireplace you're considering installing is suitable for use, this is called an exempted appliance.
- If an appliance is not exempted, you're only permitted to burn authorised fuel.
- If you fail to comply with smoke control requirements you can be fined up to £1,000
- Please note that the restrictions within smoke control areas do not apply to bonfires.
Further details regarding authorised fuels and exempt appliances can be found at GOV.UK Smoke control areas: the rules