The construction of large-scale energy projects on the coast is of “significant concern” to Suffolk’s tourism industry, a Planning Inspectorate hearing on Sizewell C has heard. EDF Energy’s proposals to build a £20billion nuclear power station are being discussed in a four-day public hearing. Katherine Mackie, chairman of the Aldeburgh Society, told the hearing on Thursday a study had revealed that more than four million tourists visit the area every year, bringing in more than £160million to the economy. That number rose to £228m for the wider Suffolk Coast and Heaths area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in 2019 with around 5,000 jobs supported, she added. Mrs Mackie said the figures would be “significantly impacted due to the loss of defined AONB characteristics”. She also cited research by the Suffolk Coast Destination Management Organisation, which found that construction of the Sizewell C project – as well as ScottishPower’s proposed windfarm off the Suffolk coast – could reduce visitor numbers by 17%.
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