Our response to Sizewell C
The National Trust cares for 140 hectares of land at Dunwich Heath and Beach, which is located approximately 3km north of the proposed Sizewell C site. Whilst not abutting the site, it is directly within the zone of influence and given the elevated position of Dunwich Heath overlooking Minsmere towards Sizewell, the National Trust considers that the proposed development would give rise to significant direct and indirect impacts on its land.
About Dunwich Heath
Dunwich Heath is a surviving fragment of lowland heath – one of the UK’s rarest habitats. Its sweeping slopes of heather and gorse, sandy soil and acid grassland support many insects, birds and animals which depend on this specialised heathland habitat. Conservation work continues to ensure that land at Dunwich continues to provide both an important space for wildlife to thrive and a special place for everybody to enjoy for years to come.
Dunwich Heath has a number of statutory designations. In addition to falling within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and being designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the majority of the site is also designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Area (SPA) and RAMSAR site.
It also falls within the defined Suffolk Heritage Coast. The National Trust is working with Natural England on their proposals to create an English Coast Path, which will pass through land owned by the Trust and has been working collaboratively with a number of partner organisations in developing responses to the proposals for Sizewell C.