FCC Environment was appointed by Buckinghamshire County Council to build a state-of-the-art Energy from Waste (EfW) facility at Greatmoor to treat Buckinghamshire’s residual non-hazardous household and commercial waste over 30 years. Construction of the facility began on 11 September 2013.

The 30-year contract will result in environmental benefits such as low carbon energy generation, which would be the equivalent to making the County Council carbon-neutral for 60 years. The project involved the construction of a waste transfer station (WTS) near Amersham.

Pelican was briefed to handle, political, media and community engagement for the Greatmoor facility and the development of the Amersham Waste Transfer Station.

Working with the FCC management team and Buckinghamshire CC, Pelican created robust strategy to make the case for the development. We than undertook an extensive consultation process with the local community. This included the creation of a Community Liaison Panel (CLP) for Greatmoor EfW so that residents had a forum to discuss their concerns and learn about the progress of the development.

For the Amersham WTS, Pelican delivered a dedicated local consultation, engaging residents with a campaign of media relations, local newspaper advertising, mailshots and two public exhibitions which were open to politicians, residents, the press and other stakeholders. In addition, we produced a comprehensive Statement of Community Engagement which formed part of the final planning application.

Brilliant Result
The local community was fully engaged in the development of the Greatmoor EFW and were given the opportunity to voice their concerns. In the revised planning application FCC Environment could demonstrate it had taken account of community feedback, which contributed to the application being approved.

During construction, the EFW plant created 300 construction jobs, with an additional 60 permanent jobs once completed in Spring 2016.

In October 2016, The Duke of Gloucester formally opened the Greatmoor energy-from-waste plant.