As part of our series about Suffolk’s ‘Energy Coast’ we look at concerns over the impact energy developments are having on the region’s beautiful landscapes on which its multimillion pound visitor economy depends. Tourism leaders and environmentalists have joined forces in opposing the cumulative impact of energy projects including Sizewell C, cable trenches and a 30-acre substation at Friston. They claim the lasting impacts of two major infrastructure projects – and the prospect of more to come – could do lasting damage to the Suffolk Coast and Heath AONB, which is proven to be one of the region’s biggest attractions to visitors. A recent report by the Suffolk Coast Destination Management Organisation (DMO) said it could cost the region £24million a year in lost visitors – and harm its reputation for peace and tranquillity. EDF Energy, which is looking to build Sizewell C, and ScottishPower Renewables, which is behind offshore wind and associated substation plans, have insisted they take their responsibilities to the environment seriously. Both companies have acknowledged the possible impact on the environment and said they had looked at how they could be mitigated from harm.
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