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(1)This section applies where plans for the erection or extension of a building outside Greater London or in an outer London borough, other than a building used or to be used wholly for one or more of the following purposes, that is to say—
(a)as a residence or residences;
(b)as a shop or shops; or
(c)as an office or offices,
are in accordance with building regulations deposited with the local authority and the plans show that it is proposed to construct a chimney, other than one serving a furnace, for carrying smoke, grit, dust or gases from the building.
(2)The local authority shall reject the plans unless they are satisfied that the height of the chimney as shown on the plans will be sufficient to prevent, so far as practicable, the smoke, grit, dust or gases from becoming prejudicial to health or a nuisance having regard to—
(a)the purpose of the chimney;
(b)the position and descriptions of buildings near it;
(c)the levels of the neighbouring ground; and
(d)any other matters requiring consideration in the circumstances.
(3)If a local authority reject plans under the authority of this section—
(a)the notice given under section 16(6) of the M1Building Act 1984 shall specify that the plans have been so rejected; and
(b)any person interested in the building may appeal to the Secretary of State.
(4)On an appeal under subsection (3) the Secretary of State may confirm or cancel the rejection and, where he cancels the rejection, may, if he thinks it necessary, direct that the time for rejecting the plans otherwise than under the authority of this section shall be extended so as to run from the date on which his decision is notified to the local authority.
(5)In the application of this section to Scotland—
(a)any reference to plans deposited in accordance with building regulations shall be read as a reference to the plans, specifications and other information submitted with an application for a warrant under section 6 of the M2Building (Scotland) Act 1959;
(b)any reference to a local authority shall be read as a reference to a local authority within the meaning of that Act;
(c)any reference to the rejection of plans shall be read as a reference to the refusal of a warrant under section 6 of that Act;
and subsections (3) and (4) shall be omitted.
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