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Javid calls in 1,800-home Surrey development on Top Gear site

Words: Laura Edgar
Sajid Javid

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has called in an 1,800-home planning application for the Dunsfold Aerodrome site in Surrey.

Waverley Borough Council approved the application in December 2016 (BBC). It was submitted by Dunsfold Airport Limited and Rutland Limited.

The application, which was recommended for approval by planning officers at the council, also comprises 7,500 square metres of care accommodation, retail units, a restaurant and/or a pub.

The aerodrome, for 15 years the location of the test track for BBC show Top Gear, is a brownfield site, and is not in the green belt.

A planning inspector will hold a local inquiry and recommend to the secretary of state the future of the application.

The date and location for the public inquiry has not yet been decided.

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