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New practice facilities for Bishop's Stortford Golf Club

Bishop's Stortford Golf Club has won approval to upgrade its practice facilities.

East Herts Council has given planning permission for the driving range development, despite concerns from neighbours about noise. There were five objections from householders and 186 comments supporting the scheme.

The Dunmow Road club can now remove nine existing practice bays for members – three of which are under a "temporary gazebo-style structure" – and replace them with 10 new training spots in a lightweight "Rangebay" structure.

Bishop's Stortford Golf Club
Bishop's Stortford Golf Club

The driving range will be constructed about 60 metres south of the existing practice bays. A new practice green and bunker will be created.

The scheme includes ball catch netting, required because of the position of the new bays and to protect golfers playing the 10th and 11th holes from stray shots.

Amendments submitted during the planning application have reduced the size of the range structure by removing a teaching studio and ball-cleaning facility as the council considered those aspects were excessive in the Green Belt.

A planted ecology area of 1.73 acres (0.7 hectares) will be maintained along the western boundary of the site, close to where Stonebond Properties has been granted planning permission for 61 properties at Manor Links on former golf club land.

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