Smoke control areas

Smoke control areas

Here you will find out about smoke control areas within the county of Northumberland.

What are smoke control areas?

Parts of the UK have become designated smoke controlled areas to reduce smoke emissions from domestic fires.

This means it is illegal to burn any unauthorised fuels and instead an exempt appliance must be used such as a fire, stove, boiler, cooker or heater.

It is also an offence for solid fuel suppliers to make a delivery of unauthorised fuels to any property within a smoke control area.

The power to designate smoke control areas was initially given to the council under the Clean Air Act 1956 and it is still included in the most recent act. 

Useful smoke control links
For more information, please visit: Please ensure any appliances you use, in particular new appliances, are allowed and used only with authorised fuels. The company supplying new appliances should be able to offer advice, but for more information please see the Defra authorised fuel list and Defra exempt appliances list, or view our smokeless fuels advice leaflet here
Smoke control areas in Northumberland
The whole of the former Wansbeck District and Blyth Valley Borough are smoke control areas as well as these isolated area:

Parts of Alnwick town:
Map of Alnwick smoke control areas

All of Morpeth town (three areas):
Map of Morpeth smoke control areas

All of Broomhill, Hadston and Red Row:
Map of Broomhill, Hadston and Red Row smoke control areas

All of Pegswood (two areas):
Map of Pegswood smoke control areas

All of Widdrington Station and Stobswood:
Map of Widdrington smoke control areas

All of Lynemouth:
Map of Lynemouth smoke control areas

Click on the links above to display a map for that smoke control area.

Woodburning stoves and open fires

Information about the air quality impacts of wood burning stoves and appliances.

There is a health problem in the UK which affects us all. Air pollution can come from a number of sources such as vehicle engines, construction, agriculture and roads (dust from passing traffic). Less well known is the pollution that comes from heating appliances including woodburning stoves and open fires.

Air quality is a national problem and affects rural communities as well as towns and cities.

These sources of pollution create tiny particles in the air. Some are so small that they can pass easily in to our homes and workplaces. They enter our lungs and can cause health problems.

If you use a woodburning stove or open fire there are some simple steps you can take to make a big difference, but only if you understand the problems and what to do about them.

Your local professional chimney sweep can really help you get it right. They know your fire and chimney and understand your fuel. They can answer your questions about how to operate your fi re or stove and how often to use it. They can look at what comes down your chimney and tell you if there is a problem and, most importantly, they can show you how to get it right.

If you are within a Smoke Control Area (see above) then any woodburning appliance has to be an DEFRA exempt appliance and only burn a DEFRA authorised fuel.

DEFRA's Air Quality & Industrial Emissions| Environmental Quality Directorate have produced a leaflet for guidance on the considerate use of woodburning stoves and open fires and how to minimise emissions from the. You can view or download the leaflet below:

We All Breathe the Same Air

Northumberland County Council also provide a leaflet providing advice on smokeless fuels and woodburning appliances which can be viewed / downloaded from:

Regulations Regarding Smokeless Fuels & Wood Burning Appliances