Dunsfold Park

Dunsfold Park

2005 - current

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  • Site area Whole site area 243 hectares Site area less 350 acre country park gives a settlement area of 101 hectares

PTE has prepared a masterplan for Dunsfold Park, a 600-acre former WWII aerodrome, which will transform it into an eco-village of 2,600 homes set within a 350-acre country park accessible to the public.

The main runway will be preserved as a linear park, with an ornamental canal running along its length; and a Dutch-style canal will extend to form an avenue around the village centre. The Market Square will form the heart of the village with a primary school and other community facilities. Homes will be arranged around a network of traditional streets and mews courtyards, and parking barns with green roofs will keep cars out of the village centre.

Dunsfold aims to be one of Britain’s first zero-carbon settlements. The client plans to set up a plant to convert locally sourced low-grade timber into biomass fuel for a CHP plant; and the introduction of the new Fibrecycle technology will convert over 80% of normally non-recyclable household waste into recyclable materials. Rainwater will be carefully harvested and recycled and the urban drainage system will provide sustainable water management.

Although the concept and design of the masterplan have been widely admired, the Appeal Inspector considered that the application was premature, and that the location required more extensive transport infrastructure improvements. The project is currently on hold awaiting the outcome of the Local Development Framework.


  • Francis Tibbalds Award 2009