What is Dunsfold Park?
Is the site brownfield or greenfield?
Who owns Dunsfold Park?
Who is bringing forward these proposals?
Why was the site developed in the first place?
What is the site currently used for?
Today the aerodrome is designated as a private unlicensed airfield with an underlying planning permission for the erection, repair and flight testing of aircraft.
Alongside the aerodrome, 500,000 sq. ft of redundant buildings left behind by BAE have been transformed and rejuvenated to provide a home to over 100 local businesses, employing around 1,000 people. It is the largest employment site in Waverley. The business park is unique in being able to offer large open spaces, various different sized buildings and roadways and runways ideal for car testing and filming.
What is the Vision for Dunsfold Park?
Dunsfold Park will be a new Surrey village, the first planned village to be built in the county for more than 100 years. It offers a new concept in rural living, surrounded by parkland, inspired by its aviation history and landscape context.
Like a traditional village Dunsfold Park will combine working and living and will offer a degree of self-containment in its provision of local services. It will be integrated with the surrounding landscape, dedicated to recreation and biodiversity.
Our ten-point vision statement summarises what is special about Dunsfold Park and continues to be refined and expanded, it is as follows:
- An active centre at the heart of the village
- A wide range of homes for all
- A walkable place
- Promoting jobs alongside homes
- Encouraging sustainable travel
- A parkland setting
- A healthy place to live and work
- Innovative technologies for energy and waste
- Celebrating Dunsfold Park’s heritage
- Beautiful modern homes inspired by their context
How has the masterplan changed since outline planning consent was granted?
The masterplan for the new village has been evolving since the grant of outline planning permission in 2018. There are four main changes which are:
- The main access on the A281 has moved to the east. It now lines up with the main runway and provides a more direct route into both the business park and the new residential village. This is an opportunity, made possible by DAL’s recent purchase of land to the east of the previous site boundary. A stand-alone planning application for the new access was submitted in August 2019 and planning permission granted in October 2019.
- In April 2019 Gordon Murray Design obtained planning approval for a new headquarters and automotive research & development campus at Dunsfold Park, which will expand the business park towards the new access road.
- The aerodrome perimeter track (peri-track) is a five-kilometre road, built to service the runways. We now propose to retain the whole of this loop and transform it into a recreational route for running, cycling and offering the opportunity for events.
- The Market Square has moved up on to the line of Runway Park, strengthening its connections with the business park and the new main access. We are thinking about building an aviation museum on one side of the square.
Will the development provide any community facilities?
Yes. The combination of a new residential community and existing business park will provide enough customers and visitors to enable Dunsfold Park to offer a good range of community and commercial facilities to meet every-day needs such as:
A new two form entry primary school, a nursery, and new premises for Jigsaw CABAS® School, an independent day school for children and young people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
A wellness centre offering facilities such as a surgery, gym, sports hall and health club – also a sacred space for worship
A Market Square containing places to shop, eat, meet friends and spaces for community gatherings, classes and clubs.
Business hub and retail spaces offering employment and business start-up opportunities For bigger or specialist shops, secondary schools and other major services, people will travel to Cranleigh, Godalming, Guildford and Horsham.
Will the development provide any employment facilities?
Yes. The existing business park will remain and be expanded, adding over 30,000 sq. m. to the existing employment space.
Expansion of the business park progressed substantially in 2015 with planning consent for 9,966 sq. m. of new industrial buildings. This development of 25 warehouse and production units was completed in 2017 and named the Simpson Buildings, after the late Duncan Simpson OBE, fighter pilot and Hawker’s Chief Test Pilot from 1970 to 1978. The units are now over 85% let to a variety of businesses.
In April 2019 Gordon Murray Design obtained planning approval for a new headquarters and automotive research & development campus at Dunsfold Park, which will expand the business park towards the new access road. This is a great example of the kind of advanced engineering business we plan to attract to Dunsfold Park.
What happens to local jobs if the airfield is closed?
What type of housing and price do you envisage?
The 1,800 homes on offer will include village centre apartments with one or two bedrooms, terraced, mews, semi-detached and detached houses. House sizes will range from two-bedrooms to six-bedrooms, with some plots for large self-build homes. 30% will be affordable homes delivered through housing association partners.
Pricing would be speculative at this stage and the price of each home will ultimately be determined by local market conditions.
Will there be any affordable housing?
How will you provide heat and power for the new homes?
Will filming for Top Gear have to re-locate once construction starts?
What will happen to the 747?
TRAFFIC AND ACCESS
How will cars access the development?
How will you discourage car use?
What sustainable travel measures will the development incorporate?
How will you reduce cars on surrounding roads?
Are you planning to carry out highway improvements?
We currently propose the following off-site highway improvements:
- Modifications to the A281 / Kings Road and A281 / Broadford Road junctions in Shalford
- Modifications to the A281 / Station Road / Snowdenham Lane junction in Bramley
- Modifications to the A281 / Barrihurst Lane junction
- Modifications to the A281 / Elmbridge Road junction.
We will also be making a contribution to other highway improvement funds.
Is Dunsfold Park in the Green Belt?
Is Dunsfold Park in the AONB?
Will any trees be removed?
Will any existing wildlife/ecology be lost as a result of development?
Are there any impacts on archaeology or cultural heritage?
Is the site within the flood plain?
How are you responding to climate change?
The development will be designed to meet climate change scenarios of higher temperatures and increased rainfall. Homes will have natural ventilation and shading as necessary to maintain good comfort levels.
We are also anticipating the forthcoming Future Homes Standard which means the homes will require little or no heating to be comfortable. The homes will aim to meet stringent targets for energy and water consumption, in advance of increased national standards.
The combined residential village and business park will foster a sustainable way of living and working. They offer the critical mass to include sustainable features in construction techniques, energy conservation and energy production, and to reduce reliance on mains utilities.
How will construction traffic, noise and other construction effects be managed if the development is approved?
A Construction Method / Construction Traffic / Environmental Management Plan will be submitted as a conditional matter for discussion and agreement with Waverley Borough Council. This will be approved in detail prior to commencement of development and will require traffic management details to be agreed with Waverley Borough Council.
Hours of construction and noise levels will be governed by strict environmental health legislation. We expect to work normal construction working hours. It is expected that such measures would be controlled by the local planning authority through conditions imposed on any planning permission.
Existing materials on site, such as the runway, will be used in the roads on the new development. This in itself will save some 1,000,000 miles of HGV traffic on the wider road network.
How long will construction take?
Will there be opportunities for us to have our say?
Yes. We will continue to listen and react to community views as part of testing and refining our proposals. Whilst planning consent was achieved for outline consent in 2018, there is still considerable work to be done to bring the new village forward, as we move through the detailed design stages.
Information on consultation opportunities will be widely communicated, however, if you would like to be kept up to date then please register for information at the exhibition or on our website.