Council gives Larne FC the go-ahead for revamp of its home ground
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.
Please log in or register with belfasttelegraph.co.uk for free access to this article.
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."