Overwood ERF

Background

Viridor is seeking to develop an Energy Recovery Facility at Stonehouse in South Lanarkshire capable of processing 330,000 tonnes of waste and generating 34MW of electricity a year.

The Overwood ERF is to be located at a site which had previously be considered by another operator who’s proposals had attracted over 24,000 objections.

BECG was tasked with ensuring that statutory pre-application consultation was undertaken in a manner that exceeded the minimum requirements of Scottish legislation to try and reduce the level of community concern about the Viridor proposal.

How we assisted

BECG developed a comprehensive digital and Covid-compliant consultation strategy for the application to be delivered between January and April 2020.

This included:

  • A bespoke consultation website
  • Two virtual public exhibitions held in February and April
  • Live chat events for interactive engagement with local residents
  • Direct mail to over 4,000 addresses
  • Proactive PR campaign
  • Extensive political and stakeholder outreach at community council, local authority, MSP and MP level

Outcome

The consultation with Viridor is still ongoing.