Top Gear Test Track Getting Bulldozed To Make Way For 1,800 Houses

Dunsfold Park Masterplan

Top Gear has used the Dunsfold Aerodrome, an unemployed WWII airfield, to test cars since 2001. Anyone who  has watched an episode of Top Gear can remember one of the many times The Stig took a high-powered machine out for a lap on the airfield.

It looks like Top Gear will have to find a new track to play around, as England’s Secretary of State has approved the plan to bulldoze the airfield in order to fit 1,800 homes.

We told you about the possible move at the end of 2016, but it looks like things are actually progressing, as local news organization GetSurrey recently reported that the Secretary of State gave the go-ahead on March 29.

“This is a very positive decision,” said Dunsfold Park Chief Executive Jim McAllister. “The development of Dunsfold Aerodrome will provide homes for all sections of the community including young families currently priced out of the area, create new jobs and deliver a range of new community facilities together with infrastructure improvements.”

Here’s what the plan will add

Speaking of changes, the Top Gear site will get demolished to make way for 540 homes, which the outlet claims will be affordable, along with athletic fields, and a health center. The actual runway will make way for one massive park.

Existing businesses will not be forced out, but will see activity on the runway come to a complete stop. So while it doesn’t say that Top Gear will have to relocate, it doesn’t look like the automotive show will be able to do much testing with all of those homes in the way.

In addition to being the site where Top Gear set lap times and tested cars, automakers, like McLaren with the MP4-12C, also used the track to develop vehicles.

Needless to say,  the move was met with resistance. The initial plan for the airfield came out three years ago and the Waverley Borough Council actually approved the application in 2016. However, Secretary of the State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, had to weigh in to make the final decision after three years of discussions.

Since things are changing and we probably won’t get the chance to see supercars at the Aerodrome, enjoy the following video of Jenson Button taking the McLaren 675LT, which was the fastest production car around the Top Gear.


  • TrevP

    As long as it’s not grand tour I’m honestly fine.


    “it doesn’t look like the automotive show will be able to do much testing with all of those homes in the way.”

    When has that ever stopped them? They’ll find a way.

  • Vince Cassi

    Tearing down the airfield is a shame. Aside from Top Gear, with all the history there from use in WWII and the Cold War is lost for just another housing complex.

  • StrangerGP

    It was an awful track anyway. I’ve tried a few times in Forza Motorsport and that was enough.

  • Owen Hamilton

    Seeing as The Grand Tour has allegedly been cancelled, Top Gear could just use the track that The Grand Tour uses.

    • Matt

      But they’re rival shows… so that’s not really a logical solution, even if TGT is ending.

  • R55

    So this was posted on the Daily Mail website on the 1st of April, and now it’s posted here 2 days later.

    Who am I to believe

  • Christian

    i’m glad that they finally build those free houses for the immigrants 🙂

  • Cobrajet

    The track should be heritage listed.

  • sure one of the streets will named Gambon

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    And on that bombshell…. Goodnight TG track!

  • Blanka Li

    Belated April Fools?? I hope 🙁

  • FoxJ30

    They should keep the original taxiways/runways and name them properly. “I live at 17 Follow Through Way” or “I’m looking at buying 20 Second-to-Last Corner St.”

  • Sad, and to make crappy look a like homes…

  • smartacus

    look at the photo again.
    There’s plenty of room
    to build 1800 houses
    around the test track.

    Also, it would be so
    easy to find buyers
    who’d pay EXTRA
    for the privilege of
    living near a track.

    But oh no, we are
    too busy erasing
    any memory of
    fast cars and
    freedom of
    go fast

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