Dunsfold Park is the largest brownfield site in Waverley and comprises Dunsfold Aerodrome and the adjoining business park. The Rutland Group acquired the site from BAE Systems in 2002 and has managed it ever since. In late 2013 Rutland transferred ownership of Dunsfold Park to Trinity College Cambridge, and the two entered into a long-term partnership to progress the development proposals.
Planning consent for a new village was achieved in 2018, following 15 years of planning and advocacy by Rutland and extensive engagement with Waverley Borough Council, the local community and other stakeholders.
Outline planning permission for 1,800 homes is based on an illustrative masterplan with scope for further design development. Further expansion to 2,600 homes has been allocated in the Local Plan.
The planning consent for the core 625-acre brownfield site is for a sustainable mixed-use development. Rutland’s vision is to deliver a ‘new Surrey village’, with 1,800 new homes accompanied by new employment space, which will complement the existing business park, and a range of services and community facilities for residents. It will be the first planned village to be built in the county for over 100 years.
The plans are for a new concept in rural living, surrounded by parkland, inspired by its aviation history and landscape context. Like a traditional village, the new village at Dunsfold Park will combine live / work opportunities and will offer a degree of self-containment in its provision of local services. It will be integrated with the surrounding landscape, which will be dedicated to recreation and biodiversity.
The illustrative masterplan identifies the general arrangement of the new settlement, including location of the access points and roads, open spaces and built areas for housing and other uses. The main features are:
- 1,800 new homes
- Market Square with shops and services, including a wellness centre
- Education hub with two schools, nursery and community centre
- Waverley’s largest business park further upgraded and expanded to provide over 2,000 jobs
- Runway Park celebrating Dunsfold Park’s aviation history
- Village centre with intricate network of pedestrian streets and lanes
- The Brook, a tree-lined avenue and stream curving around the village centre
- Outlying residential neighbourhoods shaped like petals, with larger houses and gardens
- Variety of distinctive places, each with its own character
- Country park with space for nature, play, sport and general recreation
- Avenue Approach, a new main access road from the A281
In June 2019 central government awarded Garden Village status for Dunsfold Park.
- Client: The Rutland Group & Trinity College Cambridge
- Location: Cranleigh, Surrey
- Our Role: Investor / Property Development / Project Management / Communications
- Planning consent: March 2018
- Start date: 2002
- Completion date: Ongoing