A new archery range could be built in Stevenage if a planning application is approved.

The Green Dragon Bowmen is Hertfordshire's largest archery club, and has been based at Knebworth Park since it was formed around 1970.

However, they have now been asked to find a new home as their current location is needed for "alternative uses".

They have identified Elm Green Pastures as the best site to move to - it is a field near the Chells area of Stevenage, bordered by Gresley Way, Lanterns Lane, Long Lane and Sheaf Green Lane.

The planning statement submitted as part of the application states that this land was previously used for making hay, but is no longer needed for that purpose.

The Comet: A plan of the proposed site on the outskirts of Stevenage.A plan of the proposed site on the outskirts of Stevenage. (Image: PlanningPortal / Stevenage Borough Council)

The Green Dragon Bowmen are hoping that it will become home to three ranges - one for target archery, one for clout archery, and one for 'have a go' taster events for the local community.

Target archery is the form of the sport seen at the Olympics, where archers shoot at a target composed of a number of rings. Clout archery, meanwhile, involves the archers shooting at a flag erected in the ground.

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Storage would be required for the new range, with three shipping containers proposed for keeping equipment safe. There would also be a small building constructed to provide toilet facilities.

Parking provision for those attending the site would be on grass and include 90 car parking spaces, six motorcycle parking spaces, and six spaces for bicycles.

The range would be constructed in compliance with ArcheryGB's Rules of Shooting, which specify overshoot and side safety areas that "make archery a very safe sport", according to the Green Dragon Bowmen.

More information about the Green Dragon Bowmen is available on their website.