Trump to get green light for golf project

  • 13 September 2007
Donald Trump

Billionaire Donald Trump has been given the green light to build his dream golf resort on an ecologically sensitive area of land in Aberdeenshire, despite environmental concerns.

Local councillors will decide next week whether to grant planning permission for the massive development, and are being advised to give the project the go ahead.

The US tycoon is proposing a 450-bed hotel, some 1,000 holiday homes and 500 private houses on the Menie Estate - for what he claims will be the world's finest golf resort.

It is thought the Trump International Golf Links will create thousands of jobs and around £50 million for the economy after the resort opens.

Supporters for the project claim declining North Sea oil stocks justify the project, providing a much-needed boost for the economy. Critics fear the prospect of big bucks is clouding the environmental issues.

Sue Lawrence, of Scottish Natural Heritage, said: "The highly sensitive and dynamic dune ecosystem is recognised as one of the top five dune habitats in the whole of Britain.

"The planners are failing to meet their statutory duty to protect biodiversity."

The site was hand picked by Trump over 200 others. His spokeswoman said he is encouraged by the progress the project has made.

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