Winchester Low Carbon Board, and the organisations that shape Winchester District, including decisions, consultations and policies from Winchester City Council.


WinACC works with and influences decision-makers in public bodies and politicians of all political parties in Winchester District.

In January 2016, in the wake of the Paris Climate Conference, Winchester City Council approved a set of Twelve Actions for a Lower Carbon Winchester which set out how it will use its influence to encourage further reduction of the District’s carbon footprint.

We are all looking for happiness and research shows that our sense of wellbeing and happiness is strongly linked to our feeling of being connected to people. Modern lifestyles do not lend themselves to getting to know your neighbours or colleagues well. 

People who are upset about something are more likely to write to their MP than people who are content about it. The result is that MP's postbags don't reflect the real balance of views in the population.


"A great talk showing that new housing can be good for the environment and commercially successful!” said the Mayor.

As Christmas preparations reach frenzy pitch across the UK, shoppers and householders in the Winchester District are being encouraged to save money and protect the environment by making 2016 a lower carbon Christmas.

Over 80 people ranging from Peter Symonds College and University of Winchester students to the Leader of the City Council spent a day in lively discussion about what makes Winchester special and what it should be like in the future.

Ideas and issues raised included:

The BID's own data analysed by WinACC Transport Action Group provides no evidence to support the argument that the closure of Friarsgate car park led to fewer people in Winchester town centre. See report.

In January 2016, in the wake of the Paris Climate Conference, Winchester City Council issued a press release on local progress towards reducing carbon emissions, saying: 

The outcome from the Conference was that almost 200 countries agreed that the world needs to keep global warming below 2˚C.

Links to 2015 commitments to Twelve Actions for a Lower Carbon Council; 2015 report Working Towards a Lower Carbon District; 2014 Route Map for a Low Carbon Economy; 2014 Community Strategy; and more ...

In 2015, the Govertnment over-turned its plans to require new homes to meet low carbon standards.

As a result, the following appeared on the planning page of Winchester City Council's website

Sustainable Low and Zero Carbon Built Development – implementation of Local Plan Part 1 policy CP11.

A vibrant business district and gateway to WInchester city centre is the vision of SNUG architects working with students from Southampton University.

Their plans aim to ensure viability by re-organising land uses and improving the public realm with commercial developments in key sites thus increasing the value of commercial propeerty and the long term income from business rates.

The Government has published some facinating statistics for Winchester, which are shown on a map changing over time so they make sense even if you aren't a whizz at statistics.

They include

Technical innovation alone will not achieve carbon reduction targets. What role can community initiatives play in the reduction of personal energy demand? On 24 September over 50 academics, practitioners and policy-makers attended this WinACC-organised event at the Discovery Centre in Winchester.



The Low Carbon Board was previously known as the Climate Change Programme Board, and was first set up as the High Quality Environment Group of the Winchester District Strategic Partnership. See the terms of reference.

We are grateful for the support of the University of Winchester whose Vice-chancellor Joy Carter is one of WinACC's patrons.

For more information on what Winchester City Council is doing on climate change, see their website .


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Winchester District organisations

Our World Our Share

A review of how the Poets Estate energy reduction study was carried out