Virtual Consultation for a Plastics Recycling Facility in Dunbar

Background

Viridor is looking to build a Plastics Recycling Facility (PRF) next to its existing Energy Recovery Facility at Dunbar, as part of its response to the Scottish Government’s ambitions to create a circular economy in the country.

The PRF will use electricity and heat generated by the existing ERF to turn around 80,000 tonnes of plastic packaging a year into new plastics which can be manufactured into new products elsewhere.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, BECG was asked to undertake a virtual consultation to support a planning submission for the PRF.

Key project information

  • Multi-million-pound Plastics Recycling Facility
  • Statutory requirement to consult under the Town and Country Planning (Hierarchy of
  • Developments) (Scotland) Regulations 2009
  • The main challenge was to undertake a robust consultation process that respected social distancing guidance whilst enabling interested parties to view the proposals and submit their feedback
  • To undertake a robust consultation process than enabled the submission of a planning application within a short space of time

How we assisted

BECG developed a digital consultation strategy that ensured all interested parties were able to access information about the proposed PRF and submit feedback to the project team.

This included a virtual public exhibition which was online for a 2-week period; a consultation newsletter to properties within a 2km radius of the site; a virtual stakeholder briefing for 34 local authority and community council councillors; and community contact points (email/Freephone)

Outcome

The virtual public exhibition has so far seen 200 unique user visits with a range of feedback received. The consultation is still ongoing.