Trump's golf vision under fire

  • 3 September 2007
Donald Trump

Donald Trump's vision for a £1 billion golf resort has come under fire from the Scottish Executive's architectural watchdog, with the initial sketches for the development described by one architect as 'Brigadoonish Victorian Kitsch'.

The plans for a Scottish country estate, which would be built on environmentally-sensitive land in Aberdeenshire, have been drawn up by Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo (WATG), the US firm responsible for creating 'Victorian' structures for the Disney Corporation in Florida.

The head of design review at Architecture and Design Scotland, Angela Williams, says in a letter to Aberdeenshire Council: "Should a world-class golf facility be located in such a sensitive landscape, it needs to be realised through an exemplary design process to secure a built development and reformed landscape of exceptionally high quality."

Calling for the local authority to reject planning approval of the initial project, the report concludes: "We do not believe that the designs submitted are of sufficiently high quality for this unique location, for a project with such an international profile, or for Scotland as a whole."

Trump's representatives played down the comments, claiming the drawings are at a preliminary stage. Head of international development, George Sorial said: "As the project evolves the design will evolve."

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