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Pollution control

Environmental Health (Environmental Protection) Appletree Court, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7PA. Tel - 023 8028 5411, Fax - 023 8028 5544, Minicom - 023 8028 5416

The Clean Air Act 1993, introduced a wide range of new regulations such as those which control smoke emissions and the height of chimneys and regulations to control the hours of operations of noisy building works.

What is the legislation concerning chimney heights?

The control of chimney heights enables local authorities to take into account a number of relevant factors in determining the height of a chimney.

Under section 14 of the Act, unless the height of the chimney has been approved by the local authority and any conditions attached to approval adhered to, it is an offence to cause to cause or knowingly permit a furnace to be used to:

  • Burn pulverised fuel burn at a rate of 45.4 kg or more an hour any other solid matter, or
  • Burn at a rate equivalent to 366.4 kW or more any liquid or gaseous matter.

An application for chimney height approval must contain adequate information to enable the necessary calculations to be carried out.

The local authority must consider an application for approval for chimney height for a furnace and give a written decision within 28 days of receipt, unless it is agreed in writing between us and the applicant that a longer period is allowed. If we fail to deal with the application within this time period, then approval without qualification is given.

Are there any smoke control areas in the New Forest?

No- There are no smoke control areas regarding using smokeless fuels within the New Forest.

Please contact the Council's Environmental Protection Department on 023 8028 5411 for further information


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