THE largest electric vehicle charging hub in the UK has been proposed for a green field site north of Winchester.

InstaVolt has submitted plans to build the hub at Three Maids Hill roundabout, near the A34.

The “Winchester Super Hub” has been designed to create accessibility for all, and there will be onsite amenities including food, drink and toilets, as well as a play area for children.

While the total number of chargers is yet to be finalised, the hub will have bays for dozens of cars, towing vehicles, and heavy goods vehicles.

The scheme will also feature large ground-mount and roof-mounted solar arrays and on-site energy storage.

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Adrian Keen, chief executive of InstaVolt said: “Located just off the A34 at one of the busiest road networks linking the south with the Midlands and beyond, our Winchester Super Hub will be game-changing. The project represents a significant investment and highlights our commitment to expanding the UK’s rapid charging infrastructure on the strategic road network.

“It’s the first of a number of InstaVolt Super Hubs in development, and with a class-leading reliability of 99.9 per cent, EV drivers can be confident that when they arrive they’ll find an easy-to-use charger, with on-site amenities to not only recharge your car but recharge yourself with a coffee or a bite to eat. There will even be a play park for the kids and lots of green space.”

This is not the first time that a planning application has been submitted for the area north of Three Maids Hill. Last year, an application to build a large waste recycling centre was rejected following mass objections from nearby residents.

Concerns have been growing about development to the north of Winchester with construction well-advanced on Kings Barton and the Sir John Moore Barracks due to be vacated by the Army in a few years.