Wisley Airfield

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Wisley Airfield is a disused airfield located near Wisley in Surrey.

History

Built in 1944, the airfield was built for the flight testing of aircraft built at the Vickers later British Aircraft Corporation aircraft factory at nearby Brooklands. New aircraft types making their first flights from Wisley included the Vickers VC.1 Viking, Valetta, Varsity, Viscount and Valiant. The airfield saw extensive post-war use by Vickers and later BAC for the development of civil and military aircraft during the Cold War, before it closed in 1972.

Although the runway, taxiways and large hardstandings survive, most of the buildings - including two large hangars and a unique control tower converted from an old timber-framed cottage - were demolished around 1980. The East end of site houses the Ockham VOR/DME.

Location Filming

Award-winning British film director John Boorman reconstructed a war-time suburban London street on part of the disused runway as the main film set for his autobiographical 1987 film Hope and Glory.

Filming of the Steven Spielberg film War Horse took place at the old airfield in October 2010.

Future Plans

In March 2010, the then-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, John Denham, gave permission to Wharf Land Investments to build a large composting facility on the former airfield but so far this has not been constructed. The new plant would be capable of processing 30,000 tonnes of waste per year and take up Template:Convert. A new road linking from the A3 Ockham roundabout would also be created to enable access. The Government approved the proposal after Surrey County Council did not record a decision within the required time. Local residents and nearby visitor attractions including RHS Garden, Wisley had raised concerns over the daily level of traffic that would visit the plant.

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