Trump files detailed site plan


Trump files detailed site plan
Sean Dudley

The Trump Organisation has submitted a detailed planning application for its planned golf course and resort outside Aberdeen in Scotland.

Outline planning consent was granted by the Scottish Executive in December 2008, with a large number of conditions imposed. Since then, Trump’s team has been working to develop a full masterplan for the development, plus detailed environmental assessments, an environmental management plan and many other items.

The culmination of more than twelve months of analysis and input from specialist consultants, the application sets out the detailed masterplan for the land at Menie and establishes a framework for the overall phased development of the site. The masterplan provides direction on how the project should be built, outlines the positioning, scale and materials, and addresses landscaping, environmental and infrastructure requirements.

Gareth Hoskins, the architect in charge of the masterplanning process, said: “The past 14 months have seen a huge amount of work and engagement with Aberdeenshire Council and both local and national consultees such as Architecture & Design Scotland. This has involved input from a wide range of specialist consultants to create an overall design strategy that works carefully with the different types of landscape setting found within the overall site. Importantly the masterplan establishes a framework for both the resort and residential community that is about creating well-designed places and ensuring ease of movement and accessibility both for the surrounding communities and the wider public.”

The first phase of the development is the championship golf course designed by Martin Hawtree. He said: "The golf course follows a classic pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes. All eighteen holes thread their way through the dunes, rising here to find views of the sea and coastline, plunging there into secluded valleys, offering a sequence of superlative topographies, landscapes, alternating between spaciousness and enclosure, then panoramic views, and the whole time a rich texture of vegetation and wild-life habitats surrounding the golf holes. The golf course will lack for nothing. The landscape framework of the site comes close to an ideal. There is nothing missing and the layout as conceived would contain no weak holes. It will produce the most dramatic, stimulating, invigorating stretch of golf anywhere I have seen in my career.”

The application will be determined by Aberdeenshire Council’s Formartine Area Committee later in the year. Detailed plans for the phase two and three of the development (hotel and resort accommodation, and residential village) are currently under way and will be released later.