Scotland - How can Suffolk’s nature coast and energy coast co-exist?

With a number of major energy related projects proposed for the coast, how do we ensure a balance between development and preserving Suffolk’s natural assets?

It is anticipated that we will see a number of major energy sector-related developments on the Suffolk coast in future years. ScottishPower Renewables, for example, is planning a series of large offshore wind farms, which will also require onshore developments, while EDF Energy has announced Stage 3 consultation on Sizewell C is due to start in January. Both projects are expected to create millions of pounds for local businesses and bring many high –quality jobs to the region.

At the same time, Suffolk has a coastline loved by many, and conserving this area is important for safeguarding the unique and important wildlife that exists here.

Maintaining the scenery and natural beauty is also essential for the many tourism businesses in Suffolk and the quality of life of residents. The vast majority of the coastline is protected and designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and stretches are owned by organisations such as the National Trust, Suffolk Wildlife Trust and RSPB.

How do we ensure a balance between necessary development and preserving Suffolk’s wonderful natural assets? What is the best approach to ensure Suffolk’s nature coast and its burgeoning energy coast can co-exist?

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