The Dungeness Estate has been purchased by the French-owned energy company, EDF Energy.

The sale of the estate was announced in August when property agents advertised it on the open market with a price tag of £1.5m.

The 468-acre estate is designated as a National Nature Reserve, a Special Area of Conservation and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

EDF Energy owns and operates Dungeness B nuclear power station, adjacent to the estate, and is the biggest employer in the area.

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We’re delighted to be the purchasers of the estate and want to reassure the community that it is our intention to be a responsible owner of the land. Dungeness B has been a huge part of the community for over 30 years; many of our employees live in the area and we bring business to local suppliers. We’ve always worked alongside the local community to preserve and enhance this unique environment and EDF Energy is committed to this.”

Martin Pearson, station director at Dungeness B

Legal completion will follow in line with the agreed contractual arrangements and EDF Energy will be responsible for managing the land only following legal completion.

After the decision was made to sell the estate it was important the purchaser would have the ability, track record and correct intentions of maintaining an estate such as this and we are very happy to be passing that responsibility to EDF Energy.

Maurice Ede, Trustee for the estate

Read our earlier story: Dungeness estate yours for £1.5m