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Setback 'no threat' to Top Gear
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Jeremy Clarkson presents motoring show Top Gear on BBC Two
There is no threat to BBC driving series Top Gear despite a setback in finding a new location for high-speed car tests, programme makers have said.

The BBC Two show hoped to relocate from Dunsfold in Surrey to a new circuit at Enstone Airfield in Oxfordshire.

But permission to build the circuit was denied by councillors last week after concerns it would generate pollution.

"Ideally that is where we want to go but if not we will just find another location," a Top Gear spokesman said.

Homes planned

The series, which first appeared in 1977, test-drives cars and discusses motoring issues. It is currently presented by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

At present it is filmed on Dunsfold Aerodrome but programme makers need to relocate within the next three years due to plans to build more than 2,500 homes on the site.

"There is no great urgency for us to move but it would also help give the show a face lift," the Top Gear spokesman said.

"There is absolutely no threat to the show, which will return in May as planned."

Top Gear took the non-scripted entertainment prize at the International Emmys last November.

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