Kells looks set to get a new shopping centre.
A request for planning permission has been submitted

to Meath County Council with a well
known brand name being touted as the main tenant.
The application has been submitted by Royal Drive Developments, headed up by local
businessman Brendan Rooney, which has a registered address at Teltown, Donaghpatrick
between Navan and Kells.

If approved in its current proposal, the Centre will be based at ‘The Frontlands’ area of Kells
parallel to Bective street hedging plants and Suffolk st.
The planned project is expected to see the construction of a new post office facility in the
Town.
A new access road to the proposed Centre is also part of the plan.

The proposed Centre has been warmly welcomed by Fianna Fáil councillor Sean Drew.
Speaking to Meath Live he said, “assuming this project is approved, it will be a major boost
for the town of Kells.
“We’ve been waiting on this for a long time.
“If this project goes ahead, local people in the Kells area will be less obliged to travel to
Navan or Mullingar to do their shopping.

Cllr. Sean Drew

“They will keep retail spend in the locality and that will be good for all infact the Centre is
likely to attract shoppers and visitors to Kells from beyond its natural hinterland.”
Questioned if car parking will be free? Councillor Drew added, “I don’t have the answer to
that question at this time. Parking has been a contentious issue in Kells for many years.

“If car owners are offered free parking with this new Centre, that will be a significant game-
changer in terms of retaining locals in the area when it comes to daily and weekly shopping.

Details of the proposed application can be viewed at:
https://www.eplanning.ie/MeathCC/AppFileRefDetails/23818/0
A decision is expected no earlier than October 16 th next.