After years of fighting, the Waverly Borough Council have approved, 10 votes to 8, a plan to convert the current Top Gear test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome into a housing development of approximately 1800-2600 new homes.
This is a part of a affordable housing project led by Jim MacAllister, the Dunsfold Park project chief executive, who has said that the land will be transformed into an area where the community can flourish. The development will include:
- 30% of the development will be affordable housing
- Community Center
- Health Center
- Primary School
- Car Home
- Shops & Cafes
Currently, there are only 100 businesses that employ 800 people along with the Top Gear track, which has been made into a Global Icon with the number of exotic cars tested by The Stig, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Although the boys have left to create The Grand Tour, it is a little sad that this track will be going away.
Obviously, there are protestors who don’t think the housing is necessary as this would be a money grab by real estate developers.