Saturday, May 30, 2009

Plans due in for ВЈ1bn Trump golf resort

A detailed master plan for tycoon Donald Trump’s new £1bn golf resort in Aberdeenshire will be submitted to the local council by the autumn.

The application will be the latest stage in a complicated planning procedure (see below) for the Trump International Golf Links scheme which contains proposals for two new golf courses and nearly 1500 homes.

Trump’s son Donald Trump Jnr visited Scotland last week to tour the site and announce a new executive vice-president to drive the project through against opposition from environmentalists and local residents.

Full planning applications are yet to be approved and the master plan will be revealed after the summer.

The new executive vice-president of Trump International Golf Links Scotland, Sarah Malone, said: “I think it’s a phenomenal project and we have a world class developer whose brand is associated with luxury and excellence.”


Plans due in for ВЈ1bn Trump golf resort


Construction work is expected to take four years once planning permission is granted and work includes two championship courses, 500 houses, 950 holiday homes and a 450 room, five-star resort hotel.

Jack Perry, Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise said: “This is a very welcome application which has the potential to impact favourably not only on the economy of the northeast of Scotland but on the country as a whole. Investments such as this help Scotland to improve its tourism product and gain a valuable profile in world markets.”


Key stages in planning battle

March 2006 Trump announces plans to build new golfing centre in Aberdeenshire.

April 2006 Trump visits site as claims that First Minister Jack McConnell breached ministerial rules over dealings with Trump are rejected.

November 2007 Aberdeenshire councillors take the unexpected decision to reject the ВЈ1bn resort. Trump says he will not appeal.

December 2007 The Scottish Government announces it will decide whether the golf resort goes ahead.

June 2008 Public inquiry gets under way in Aberdeen.

November 2008 The Scottish Government approves the plans.

Autumn 2009 Master plan due in for final approval