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Smoke Control Areas

Air Quality Management environmental health

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 areas 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:

Smoke Control Areas
Bath Road576 & 578

Chiltern Court
(c/o Bath Road/Huntercombe Lane North)

1 - 15 inclusive
Conway Road1A, 1, 2, 3 & 4
Huntercombe Close1A, 1B, 15, 16, 17
Part Numbers 1, 13 &14
Huntercombe Lane North (West side)

13 to 105A inclusive odds
1 - 11 inclusive odds

Missenden Gardens (Block A)1 to 12 inclusive
Shenstone Drive

8, 9 & 10

Part numbers 4, 5, 6 & 7

Shoreham Rise1 - 15 inclusive
Wendover Road29, 31, 30, 32 & 34
Windsor LaneCedar 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