Donald Trump has threatened to abort the hotel and resort development at his new Scottish golf course if a proposed offshore wind farm is built.
In a statement, the Trump organisation said: “We intend to open the championship golf course at the end of June, well ahead of schedule. All further plans for future development, including the hotel, are now on hold until the Scottish government makes a decision on the application for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. If the north east of Scotland is serious about tourism and creating a global golf destination it cannot allow the coastline to be ruined by an ugly industrial park directly off the shoreline.”
The wind farm plan calls for eleven turbines to be build in Aberdeen Bay. It is a £150 million project, run jointly by Swedish utility firm Vattenfall, French project management specialist Technip and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.
In a separate development, the proposed clubhouse at the Aberdeenshire course has won the approval of local planning officials. Aberdeenshire Council’s planning officers have recommended to councillors – who will vote on the issue in the near future – that the design should be accepted.