Neighbours Solid fuel fume problems


Postby scommstech » Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:39 pm

My new neighbours have just removed their open fireplace and installed a
solid fuel burner.
Their bungalow is close to mine and there is now a constant acrid
smell in my bungalow from their chimney.
I have draft sealed all my windows and door but its impossible
to prevent their fumes entering my property, and I have to spend most days with all windows shut.
They say we are not in a smoke comrtolled area so they are within their
rights.
I believe that I may be protected by statuary nuisance laws, but
it's too clear as to what constitutes a nuisance.
Does anybody know anything about statuary nuisance laws, or if a
change from an open fireplace to a solid burner requires planning
permission.
Hope there is a friendly legal eagle out there
Regards
Harry W
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Postby kbrownie » Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:05 am

scommstech, It may be that the cowling on the chimney is not the correct one, but I'd consider contacting enviromental health and see where that gets you!
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Postby scommstech » Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:26 pm

[quote="kbrownie"]scommstech, It may be that the cowling on the chimney is not the correct one, but I'd consider contacting enviromental health and see where that gets you!
KB[/quote]
Hi
Thanks for reply. In the process of contacting Env Health.
How can chimney cowling effect fumes ???.
Regs
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Postby kbrownie » Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:19 pm

scommstech,
lots of reasons, downdraft, blow back, aids air supply making flue gasses easily dispursed.
Document J Building Regulations covers this and that's what Enviromental Health should be checking out. You said bunglow so the height of the chimney may also be contributing to your problem
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