Our response to Sizewell C

Sizewell nuclear power station from Dunwich Heath

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.

Latest updates

30 Sep 20

Our Relevant Representation submission

The National Trust has reviewed the information submitted with the application for a Development Consent Order for Sizewell C and like other organisations, this week we submitted a Relevant Representation to the Planning Inspectorate summarising our position and concerns. As part of this process, we have also registered as an Interested Party which will enable us to participate in the examination process. We will expand on the issues raised in more detail when we submit our detailed Written Representation, in accordance with the timetable set out by the Planning Inspectorate in due course. You can read our Relevant Representation submission by downloading this PDF.

A women walking through the heathland at Dunwich Heath

24 Jun 20

Our response to the acceptance of Sizewell C DCO application

The National Trust acknowledges that the Planning Inspectorate has accepted for examination the application for a Development Consent Order submitted by EDF for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell C. Once the application documents are published, we will begin to assess the information and liaise with other stakeholders. It is our hope that robust evidence and assessments have been submitted with the application to enable us to fully consider the matters of concern to us. We will register with the Planning Inspectorate as an Interested Party and submit our written representation in line with the timetable set by the Planning Inspectorate. With a reduction in resources at the current time due to the coronavirus pandemic, we urge the applicant to allow a longer consultation period and ask that the Planning Inspectorate takes a pragmatic approach to the examination to ensure that parties are not prejudiced and are able to participate fully and fairly.

Dunwich Heath at sunset

01 May 20

National Trust writes to council leaders about Sizewell C

The National Trust has written to local council leaders ahead of EDF Energy's expected Development Consent Order. You can read more about it here.

Dunwich Heath, Suffolk