Winchester City Council Planning Committee approved the application from Sparsholt College by eight votes to one on 13 October 2016.

This ground-breaking scheme which will train farmers for the future, help local farmers financially, and help Winchester District do our share to meet national renewable energy targets. At the moment, we lag far behind what we should be doing.

Richard Ritchie, Chair of WinACC’s Renewable Energy Action Group, said: 

This scheme is especially important because it includes renewable heat. Winchester District currently generates almost no heat from renewables, and only 4.8% of its electricity, against its target of 15% by 2020.

This plant will add the equivalent of a further 1.5%, whilst also supporting the local economy and improving the land.  It is a virtuous circle.

We congratulate the teams at Sparsholt and at Ecotricity for their vision and professionalism in developing of this project, and the Council in balancing the benefits against vocal local concerns. 

As an added bonus, the facility will have an enduring legacy through training the operators of the future, helping to build the vision of a sustainable energy future.

The photo shows two of our trustees with Tim Jackson, Sparsholt College Principal and WinACC patron.