SIR – The proposed nuclear power plant at Sizewell C will cause environmental damage on an unprecedented scale in a highly sensitive location, much of which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The construction phase will bring massive disruption to communities in East Suffolk over many years and will permanently change our landscapes.
Suffolk’s environment is remarkably undeveloped and is characterised by a sense of remote wildness. The tranquillity provides a high quality of life for residents and is a major draw for tourists. However, this isolation is fragile and could easily be lost forever.
The impact of a development such as Sizewell C upon heritage sites – including an abbey, churches, farmhouses and other vernacular buildings that contribute to the special qualities of Suffolk – will be considerable. The intrusion of new roads to cope with a massive increase in HGV traffic, spoil heaps, borrow pits, and accommodation for up to 3,000 workers will be felt across numerous locations.
Development of the Sizewell site cannot be at unlimited cost to the quality and character of our county and its communities.
Director, Suffolk Preservation Society