Developing a garden city at the village of Ashbourne in County Meath a satellite town of Dublin.

Housing needs and the changing pattern of community living were the basic considerations when Frank Dunne Developments Limited were planning the garden city of the future to be built around the village of Ashbourne in County Meath.

Ashbourne is situated just outside the boundary with County Dublin. The idea behind the garden city is to provide an intermediate centre of employment, reduce commuting and relieve pressure on central Dublin.

The Ashbourne garden city is the first of its kind in Ireland to be planned by a private developer. The plans were drawn up for the developing company by Professor Geoffrey Copcutt of University College Galway.

The Ashbourne garden city is already well advanced. Some houses are occupied while others are in various stages of construction. However Dublin County Council is objecting to planning permission for a scheme of 28 houses on the grounds that the development would pollute the Broadmeadow River which enters County Dublin a short distance downstream from Ashbourne village.

Planning permission for a second garden city to be built around the village of Ballyboughal, about 20 kilometres north of Dublin city centre has been submitted for approval to Dublin County Council. The plan, also designed by Professor Geoffrey Copcutt, envisages a town of 12,000 people at Ballyboughal by 1985.

Professor Copcutt has also put forward a further plan for similar developments at Dunboyne in County Meath and Donabate about 20 kilometres north-northeast of Dublin.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 January 1973. The footage shown here is mute.