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Donald Trump's golf course plans land in the rough

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Donald Trump's plan to build the 'world's greatest golf course' in Aberdeen has hit a major snag, with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) lodging a formal objection.

The American billionaire is working alongside Roger Laird of SMC Jenkins and Marr Architects on the early stages of the project, but, following the formal complaint, the £1 billion plan could now be in serious jeopardy.

Trump hopes to build two 18-hole links golf courses, a 450-room hotel, a conference centre and spa, 950 holiday homes, 36 golf villas and 500 houses on the 452ha Menie estate.

The development has seen surprising little in the way of opposition, but the SNH, with the help of the RSPB, has claimed the project could destroy rare animal and bird habitats on a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The objection will come as a major blow to the flamboyant star of American TV show The Apprentice, who was hoping to hold an 'architectural beauty parade' for various projects on the development such as the clubhouse (Billionaire Donald Trump seeks designer for Scottish golf centre).

Speaking last year, Ashley Cooper, executive vice president for the Trump Organisation, said: 'Our goal is to create the greatest links golf courses in Scotland as part of a golf development that will become the finest in Europe, if not the world.'

by Richard Vaughan

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