Despite strong opposition from Bramley councillors and a handful of neighbours, Dunsfold Airport Ltd can continue using a perimeter track and runway for popular driving experience days.
Bramley Councillors Richard, ‘All at Sea’ borne and Martin ‘Arsey’ D’Arcy, wanted the popular driving days either halted altogether, reduced or face much stricter controls. Despite permission being sought for a temporary period until 30th April 2024 at DUNSFOLD PARK, STOVOLDS HILL, CRANLEIGH.
Fans of Top Gear are familiar with the track at the aerodrome earmarked for a new Garden Village of 2,600 dwellings. Home of the world-famous BBC motoring show since 2002, thousands of motoring enthusiasts have enjoyed taking on its famous corners in a huge choice of cars thanks to Trackdays.co.uk.
Engineers designed Dunsfold Park’s track from Lotus to test the all-around ability of the cars that lapped it. As a result, Dunsfold has offered a combination of long straights, high-speed corners and tight, technical bends to enthusiasts from the UK and overseas.
In a report, the eastern planning committee heard that –
“Due to the strategic allocation and planned development of a new settlement at Dunsfold Park officers were satisfied that due to the phasing plans for the new settlement and anticipated build-out time frame, the temporary use of the track could easily be ceased and there would be no detrimental impact on housing delivery and the New Settlement being brought forward.”
Standing up for residents, Cllrs Seaborne and D’Arcy wanted the temporary period reduced to 12/18 months, the existing two weeks’ notice of events extended to 45 days, much stricter noise monitoring and a more robust real-time complaint procedure adopted by the applicants.
Cllr Seaborne (Con Bramley) said:
“I want to see real-time noise monitoring and real-time action on noise complaints.”
Cllr D’Arcy said, “Residents had given up complaining because no action was taken.”
However, officers revealed very little data showing complaints – and others argued that any aerodrome was a noisy venue.
Members heard a strong objection from a neighbouring wedding business set up long after the established driving days in 2014.
Here’s what Cranleigh Cllr Mary Foyszewski had to say:
Be careful what you wish for!”
The application was GRANTED by the committee with one against and one abstention.
These are the items included in the new noise management plan put forward by the applicants.