As if the campaign denouncing new new Top Gear needed any more to moan about, it looks like the world-famous airfield that served as the Top Gear Test Track is about to be scrubbed off the face of the earth.
With the show in a certain amount of turmoil after Chris Evans’ failed experiment at the helm for the last series, Waverley Borough Council has voted to allow developers to bulldoze Dunsfold Aerodrome to make way for 1800 new houses and flats, plus an expanded business park.
Waverley Borough Council first took the application in December 2015, suggesting that developers saw an opportunity to make some money after Jeremy Clarkson punched a Top Gear producer and was ultimately forced out of the BBC, taking Ricard Hammond and James May with him.
Included in that is a small retail area with a pub or restaurant, perfect for drowning your sorrows over the TV history the car world will have lost.
There are reportedly over 100 businesses already on site. The application involves demolishing over 8000 square metres of existing properties, retaining another 36,700 and building around 51,000 more.
Plans include a primary school, research and development businesses, storage warehouses, a care home and large ponds with some kind of recreational facilities. The three runways would be removed completely.
There’s little more information than that available at present, but it looks like a fairly big nail in the coffin of one of the car world’s prized ‘possessions’.
Earlier this year the company that ran the Top Gear Track Experience collapsed due to free-falling customer numbers.