A PLANNING application for a €70m development of Slane village will be lodged by the end of the year.
Shannon Homes managing director Phil Reilly confirmed yesterday that planning would be sought from Meath County Council over the next few months.
The plans are for a 35-acre land holding to the eastern side of the N2, the main Dublin to Derry road, situated on the northern end of the village to the rear of the village school.
It is to include a commercial and retail centre incorporating a medical centre, pharmacy and other retail units.
The plan requires the relocation of the GAA pitch and Mr Reilly said that a new state of the art flood lit pitch and clubhouse would be built.
The scheme also includes a residential element but that will be subject to strict criteria in the recently adopted Meath county development plan, which caps the number of new homes that could be built and wants development to be focused along the new rail service between Dublin and south Meath.