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Trump freezes £750 million golf resort over wind farm threat

Billionaire tycoon Donald Trump has halted work on his Gareth Hoskins-masterplanned luxury Aberdeenshire golf resort because of a planned wind farm scheme nearby

The property developer branded proposals to build an offshore wind farm near his resort as an ‘ugly cloud hanging over the future of the great Scottish coastline’.  

The decision to put the brakes on the project, which is planned to include an 18-hole golf course, a five-star hotel, luxury villas, houses and timeshare apartments, comes after Swedish power giant Vattenfall submitted a consent application to the Scottish Government in August 2011.

The £33.3 million wind farm, known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, is being developed in a partnership between Vattenfall Wind Power UK, construction company Technip and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG). The project will consist of up to 11 wind turbines with a maximum power generation of 100 megaWatts, and a test and research centre for ‘first run’ turbines.

UK manager of Vattenfall David Hodkinson says: ‘We believe we have made a good case for the development, which places Aberdeen at the heart of the development of new technologies to serve the growing European offshore wind sector.’

Trump has refused to spend ‘another penny’ on the luxury golf resort until a decision is made on the offshore wind farm proposal. The Trump Foundation claims: ‘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 postponement came as Aberdeenshire Planning Committee approved an application for the resort’s permanent clubhouse (pictured).  The project, designed by Acanthus, came under fire by Scottish architect Andy MacMillan as ‘not even worthy of Disneyland’ in September 2011.

Local resident David Milne has also protested against the golf resort. He describes it as: ‘One failing golf course project versus an entire industry; an industry that has allowed Aberdeen to become one the busiest and most successful cities in the UK for the last 30 years and has the potential to keep Aberdeen thriving for the next hundred years if allowed to develop and grow as it should.’

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