Top Ge­ar test track to be de­mo­lis­hed

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It was re­cent­ly re­por­ted that Top Ge­ar’s test track and shoot­ing stu­dio at the Duns­fold Ae­ro­dro­me will be de­mo­lis­hed to ma­ke a way for a com­plex of 1 800 ho­mes.

Af­ter y­e­ars of con­si­de­ra­ti­on, England’s se­cre­ta­ry of sta­te fi­nal­ly ap­pro­ved the plan at the end of March.

“This is a very po­si­ti­ve de­ci­si­on. 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,” Duns­fold Park chief exe­cu­ti­ve, Jim M­cAl­lis­ter, said in the an­noun­ce­ment of the pro­ject’s accep­tan­ce.

The plan to con­vert the track to a hou­sing com­plex da­tes back to 2015. Ac­cor­ding to c­lo­se sour­ces of Ci­ti­zen Mo­to­ring, the con­structi­on will in­clu­de 540 ho­mes spe­ci­fi­cal­ly al­lo­ca­ted as af­for­da­ble hou­sing.

The com­plex will in­clu­de parks, s­ports fields and a he­alth cen­t­re.

This mo­ve will see the ex­pan­si­on of Duns­fold Bu­si­ness Park, which cur­rent­ly con­tains o­ver 100 bu­si­nes­ses with c­lo­se to a thou­sand em­ploy­ees.

Ac­cor­ding to Get Sur­rey, a web­si­te that co­vers the lo­cal a­rea, t­he­re was a sig­ni­fi­cant a­mount of con­tro­ver­sy sur­roun­ding the plan.

The big­ge­st wor­ry a­mong ci­ti­zens is re­por­ted­ly that the in­cre­a­sed po­pu­la­ti­on could put a strain on the lo­cal in­fra­struc­tu­re, par­ti­cu­lar­ly the ro­ads. The lo­cal go­vern­ment coun­cil vo­ted in fa­vour of the pro­ject, but t­he­re was e­nough de­bate that Se­cre­ta­ry of Sta­te Sa­jid Ja­vid e­ven­tu­al­ly had to ma­ke the fi­nal de­ci­si­on.

Top Ge­ar has had the track sin­ce 2002 and it is still unkno­wn w­he­re their next track would be.

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