Ecotricity logotype
/Our news/2016/Ecotricity consider appeal after Green Gasmill rejection

Our news

    Browse archives
    Our news

    Ecotricity to consider appeal after Green Gasmill rejection

    Press enquiries

    If you are a journalist with a media enquiry, please contact our Press Office on 01453 761 318 or you can email

    For all other general enquiries, please call 01453 756 111 or email

    By Maya Maloney
    Apr 21, 2016

    Britain’s leading green energy company, Ecotricity, has said it will review the decision by Winchester City Council to reject a planning application to build a Green Gasmill at Sparsholt College in Hampshire – before deciding whether to appeal.

    Fuelled by locally sourced grass, the Green Gasmill would have injected £60 million into the local economy, create new jobs, and produced enough clean gas to heat over 4,000 homes every year.

    Ecotricity had hoped to finance and build the Green Gasmill with an initial £10 million investment, and also help fund the development of a renewable energy academy. 

    The academy would also have been the first of its kind – a place where the next generation of green energy engineers would have been trained in Britain.

    Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder, said: “We are surprised and disappointed at the decision – we think we presented a compelling case with a lot of benefits, and we had the recommendation of the council’s Planning Officer.

    “The irony here is that if this was a fracking site, which would cause significant environmental damage and public health risks – local people would not have had a say at all. 

    “If we’d gained approval, we would have injected £3m into the local economy every year, created new jobs, supported existing farming jobs, created new wildlife habitats, and built a new training centre for the college – all without the risks of fracking.

    “As a country, we’re going to miss our 2020 target of providing 15% of our energy from renewables, and this is exactly the kind of project that could have helped us reach it – it’s a shame, but we will review the decision and see about the possibility of an appeal.”

    Tim Jackson, Sparsholt College principal, said: “I am very disappointed with the outcome, which goes against the highly objective and positive recommendation of the Planning Officer that the Planning Committee should approve the application. 

    “The £1.2 million grant which the Enterprise M3 LEP had made available is now very much at risk and I am concerned that it will simply be reallocated elsewhere. 

    “This was a golden opportunity to make a really positive contribution to the low carbon aspirations of Winchester through their Low Carbon Strategy: without projects like this, it is mind-boggling to think how the ambition to generate 20% of all energy within the area from renewable sources is going to be achieved.”

    Similar articles

    Ecotricity to power homes with Geothermal energy in UK first

    Ecotricity has signed a pioneering agreement that enables the production and sale of geothermal electricity for the first time in the UK


    Ecotalk + RSPB: the new mobile phone provider

    The RSPB have joined forces with Ecotalk, one of Britain’s most sustainable phone providers that’s committed to change, to create Ecotalk + RSPB.

    Ecotricity's reasons to be cheerful 2020

    We look back at the green and environmental news from the year, and there are more than a few reasons to be cheerful.

    Get the book!

    Manifesto out now


    Our founder Dale Vince shares his thoughts on the green revolution

    Explore the site

    Don’t just take our word for it…

    Ecotricity is recommended by
    • Our story
    • Our mission
    • Our manifesto
    • 25 years of Ecotricity
    • Ecotricity innovation
    • Walking the talk
    • Our partners
    Ecotricity logotype