Today the aerodrome is designated as a private unlicensed airfield with an underlying planning permission for the erection, repair and flight testing of aircraft. The aerodrome has also been home to the BBC’s Top Gear team and the backdrop to a number of small screen and Hollywood blockbusters including Casino Royale, The Da Vinci Code, Rush, World War Z, Spooks, Come Fly With Me and Eastenders. As well, some 45,000 sq. m. of redundant buildings left behind by BAE have been transformed to provide a home to over 100 local businesses, employing approximately 1,100 people.
The rejuvenation of Dunsfold Park is well underway and continues to provide a range of job opportunities at the same time as we renew infrastructure and improve the environment. Environmental initiatives include Bioethanol production, fuel cell technology and the development of a solar farm, which secured Dunsfold Park’s place in history as the first business park in the UK to be fed principally by green energy. Most recently, we concluded in 2019 the construction and commissioning of an anaerobic digestion plant that produces biomethane from local food waste, which is then fed directly into the grid.
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. He saw the Hawk through from the drawing board to conducting the first flight in 1974 at Dunsfold Aerodrome. The units are now over 85% let to a variety of businesses including The Surrey Copper Distillery, Grant Handling, Gordon Murray Automotive and JigsawPlus.
In 2018 planning consent was granted for the comprehensive redevelopment of the aerodrome into a sustainable mixed-use development. The vision is to deliver a ‘new Surrey village’, with 1,800 new homes being accompanied by new employment space that complements the existing, and a range of services and community facilities for residents. Proposed facilities include a school, health centre and country park, which will be delivered alongside a comprehensive package of transport improvements. For more information on the masterplan please click here.
The Business Park
Filming at Dunsfold Park