Belfast Telegraph

Council gives Larne FC the go-ahead for revamp of its home ground

Club owner: Kenny Bruce
Club owner: Kenny Bruce
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

Larne FC, backed by Purplebricks co-founder Kenny Bruce, has won the go-ahead for a revamp of its home ground.

Two years ago Mr Bruce became the owner of the football club in the town, where he and his brother Michael - a co-founder of the online estate agency - spent much of their childhood.

Now Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has given the go-ahead to an application from the club for a new stand at Inver Park.

The plans also include a new area for supporters, revamped changing facilities, car parking, additional seats and a concourse complete with toilets, a shop, refreshments and a food sales area.

The stand will also feature a control room, press box and community viewing areas.

When complete the structure will hold 1,088 fans over three levels.

The council's planning committee gave the application its go-ahead at a meeting last Thursday.

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Mr Bruce said: "I welcome the decision by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to grant approval for a new stand at Inver Park.

"This is just the latest step in the journey of Larne, a club and a town I adore.

"I sincerely thank all of those who continue to support what we are building in Larne and I look forward to what promises to be an incredible future for everybody associated with our club."

DUP councillor Gregg McKeen said: "This is great news for the club, the community and mid and east Antrim.

"What Larne FC have achieved on the pitch is remarkable - a real football fairy tale."

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