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Watchdog says Donald Trump's £1 billion golf course proposals should not be allowed to tee off

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New York billionaire Donald Trump's proposals for a £1 billion golf resort in Scotland have come under fire once again, this time from Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS).

The property tycoon is working with US practice Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, as well as local architect Roger Laird from SMC Jenkins and Marr, to create what he claims will be 'the world's greatest golf course', in Aberdeen.

However, the designs submitted have been criticised by the Scottish design watchdog, which has raised 'serious concerns' over the planned resort.

According to newspaper reports, the head of A&DS' design review panel, Angela Williams, has written a letter to Aberdeen Council stating the scheme should not be granted outline planning approval.

The letter states: '[The designs] would not only have a negative impact on an area of high landscape value but would also devalue the Scottish architectural tradition that they attempt to emulate.

'We consider that an outline planning application should not be approved on the basis of the information submitted.

'We do not believe that the designs submitted are of sufficiently high quality for this unique location, for a project with such an international profile, or for Scotland as a whole.'

The scheme was also in the firing line last month, after Trump chose to ignore planners' advice to move one of the resort's golf courses away from an area designated as a Special Site of Scientific Interest (Trump ignores planners' advice over Scottish golf course).

Trump threatened to pull the plug on the development, with his Edinburgh-based consultant Ironside Farrar saying: 'Without the ability to form the course on this location there would be no basis for the resort, and it would not proceed.'

If he does finally win the go-ahead, the outspoken property magnate will look 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.

It is understood the proposals will go before planners in the next few weeks.

by Richard Vaughan

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