The BBC’s long-running car show Top Gear is soon to be
homeless. After over 16 years and nearly 200 episodes later, the show's test
track is soon to be demolished and turned into a housing estate. The current
test track for the show, Dunsfold Park has been the home for the show since its
reboot back in 2002, but developers have recently been given the go-ahead for removing
the airstrip and placing 1,800 new houses in its place.
These plans have been
talked about for years, dating way back to the end of Clarkson-era Top Gear,
back in 2015, but it seems now these plans are official.
Waverleigh Concil Leader Julia Potts has said “I am
delighted that the Secretary of State has granted planning permission as this
development will provide significant benefits to the local community, of the
1800 new homes 540 will be affordable.”
Sources have claimed that “There’s no immediate requirement
to relocate.” But planning documents seen by The Mirror have revealed that
permission has been granted for the removal of three runways.
With the track soon to be demolished, it begs the question – what will happen to the reasonably fast car segments and The Stig's lap times? Will this feature be dropped entirely? Well, Top Gear still currently rents the
test track and the Hanger where the show is shot, and it is also believed that
the show also has plans to record segments for the next season at the track in
April. This also means that the show has been renewed for another season, as it
was due to run out after the last episode of season 25, which airs tonight on
But, who knows what will happen with the show in the future? All
I hope for is that the housing estate will have honourable street names to
remember corners like Gambon, Hammerhead and the Follow-through.
Tom is the co-founder and co-owner of FullThrottle Media. He's the face behind the iconic Gear Knobs series, which is recorded and edited in Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V. When it comes to Tom Matthews, two things come to mind – cars and Jeremy Clarkson, and you can expect to hear a lot of that amongst his various ramblings and rants in his weekly Sunday column.