New Access Road
Following the grant of outline planning permission in March 2018, Dunsfold Airport Limited (DAL) has been able to acquire land known as Fastbridge Farm, which lies between the eastern boundary of the airfield and the A281, which is around 300m from the end of the main runway.
This created an opportunity for a revised main access to the existing business park and the new village, replacing the access forming part of the outline planning permission, which lies some 530m further south along the A281. The revised access offers the following significant advantages:
- Shorter and more direct access to both the business park and the proposed village
- Early separation of commercial and residential traffic
- Clearer wayfinding both into and within Dunsfold Park
- Safer crossing points on the A281 for pedestrians and cyclists and improved links to existing routes
- Removes all impact on the canal and associated ancient woodland
The new access road will provide a direct link from the A281 to the main Perimeter Road within the Aerodrome site. It will be capable of accommodating existing traffic, and is designed to be ‘future proof’ to cater for the phased implementation of the approved outline masterplan. It will also provide a more suitable and safer access for Heavy Goods Vehicles than Stovolds Hill to the north and Dunsfold Road to the south.
As well as vehicular traffic, the new access road will also provide new facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, creating a new link between the existing Aerodrome facilities and the surrounding rights of way network, in particular the Wey-South path.
The new access road will be around 0.5km in length, extending from the A281 to the Aerodrome Perimeter Road. The highway design has been developed with the input of Surrey County Council.
The new road has been designed as a dramatic celebration of Dunsfold’s aviation heritage, extending the alignment of the main runway and adding further richness to the concept of Runway Park set out in the outline planning permission for a new 21st Century Surrey village.
Delivery & Phasing
The first phase of the works comprise the roundabout and the majority of the realigned A281 that forms two of the arms of the roundabout. The roundabout has been designed so that it can be built off-line from the A281. This allows the first phase of the works to be built without affecting the A281.
Phase 2 involves (near) simultaneous work on the A281 to punch through onto the new approach arms and allow traffic to leave the existing A281.
Phase 3 then remediates the now unused road and completes the footways, landscaping and farm access extensions. The works will be co-ordinated with Surrey County Council to manage the impact to traffic flows on the A281.
The construction process will take between four to six months to complete, but it is anticipated that disruption to the A281 will be limited to a few weeks, due to the off-line construction phase.
A planning application for the new road has now been submitted and public consultation on the proposals will run until 13th September 2019.
Local communities and residents can view the full planning application by clicking on the following links:
- Dunsfold New Access Planning Statement
- Landscape Design Statement 08 07 2019
- Dunsfold Access Road Ecological Baseline Report
- Landscape Ecological Management Plan2
- Existing Site Condition
- Landscape Site Plan
- Landscape Proposals (Sheet 1 of 4)
- Landscape Proposals (Sheet 2 of 4)
- Landscape Proposals (Sheet 3 of 4)
- Landscape Proposals (Sheet 4 of 4)
- Tree Removal Retention Plan
- Typical Sections
- Dunsfold Access ARb Impact Assessment 01 07 2019
- Site Location Plan
- Link Road and Access General Arrangement
- Proposed Highway General Arrangement Plan
- Dunsfold Park Access Road FRA
- DP New Access Road DAS
- Biodiversity Checklist Dunsfold Access Road
- Dunsfold Heritage Statement June v2 020719
Extensive consultation has been undertaken with Waverley Borough Council. Feedback from these meetings was positive and incorporated during the design phase.
Formal meetings have also been held with Surrey County Council over the technical design.
Consultation meetings have been held with Alfold Parish Council, Dunsfold Parish Council and local campaign group Protect Our Waverley (POW). Consultation has also been undertaken with the Wey and Arun Canal Trust. All consultees are broadly supportive of the plans.
Views can be submitted by letter or email to Waverley Borough Council by clicking here.
New Access Road Layout Design