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Donald Trump's golf resort plans land on the fairway

Billionaire Donald Trump's plans for the controversial Balmedie golf resort in Aberdeen, Scotland, have been recommended for approval.

The news comes days after a negative report by Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) lambasted the resort project, which is being designed by US practice Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, as well as local architect Roger Laird from SMC Jenkins and Marr.

At a meeting scheduled for next week, Aberdeenshire councillors will be advised to approve outline planning permission for the huge project on the grounds that the economic advantages outweigh the environmental drawbacks.

It is estimated that the 570ha resort, one third of which lies on a Site of Special Scientific Interest, will cost £1 billion and, when up and running, will employ 1,000 people.

But design watchdogs and conservationists claim the massive scheme, featuring two 18-hole links golf courses, a 450-room hotel, a conference centre and spa, 950 holiday homes, 36 golf villas and 500 houses, will blight an area of high landscape value.

by Max Thompson

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