The future regeneration of Larne’s tourism and hospitality industry has been given a major boost after planners approved proposals for a new boutique hotel in the town.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Peter Johnston, welcomed the decision and said residents would be kept fully informed as the planning process evolves.

The proposals will see the development of a new boutique-style hotel with 24 bedrooms and a rooftop terrace.

The Mayor, Cllr Johnston, said: “This announcement is very welcome for the economy of Larne and the entire Mid and East Antrim Borough.

“It is a positive step towards regenerating our local tourism and hospitality industry as we chart a pathway to recovering from the devastating financial impact of Covid-19.

“We have some of the most stunning scenery in Mid and East Antrim, as the gateway to the world famous Causeway Coastal Route, and this new development will make it easier for us to showcase that to a wider audience.”

Local businessman, Kenny Bruce, who is behind the plans, said:

“This is a great opportunity to bring a modern and high quality tourism offering to Larne, and to invest in the wider area by providing employment.

“I look forward to working in partnership with planners and other stakeholders to ensure we meet the highest standards required of us.”