Scottish ministers will now decide the fate of Trump’s golf course – designed by US firm Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo and Roger Laird from SMC Jenkins and Marr – after an Aberdeenshire planning committee rejected the scheme last week.
A Scottish government statement said: ‘Ministers recognise that the application raises issues of importance that require consideration on a national level.
‘Calling the application in allows ministers the opportunity to give full scrutiny to all aspects of this proposal before reaching a final decision.’
Trump, who plans to build two championship golf courses, a five-star hotel and hundreds of houses, is believed to be happy with the actions taken by the Scottish government.
Earlier this week, the star of the US Apprentice had threatened to take his scheme and his cash to Northern Ireland after he revealed he had signed an option to buy a piece of land in Co Antrim.