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US President Donald Trump’s company has been given permission to build a second golf course in Aberdeenshire.
Its construction in 2012 has been blamed for badly damaging the spectacular dunes system at nearby Foveran Links, an official site of special scientific interest (SSSI).
As a result, conservation experts had urged Aberdeenshire council to withhold planning permission for the second golf course that Trump had asked to build.
But councillors gave Trump International Golf Links Scotland the go-ahead, despite locals objecting to the plans on the grounds of loss of public space and the impact it would have on water supply, private roads and nearby estates.
Sepa, the Scottish Environment Protective Agency, also objected to the application, saying the water management plan was inadequate and the environmental management plan was not appropriate.
But councillors claim the new course “will contribute towards the significant social and economic benefits expected to be delivered by the wider development proposals within the Menie estate”.
They did attach 15 conditions to the plan, mainly focused on environmental issues such as preventing pollution, protecting wet dunes and safeguarding bird habitats.
Trump originally won approval in 2008 for his “Trump estate” encompassing the protected dunes because he pledged to create up to 6,000 jobs by building a five-star hotel with 450 rooms, shops, a sports complex, timeshare flats, two golf courses and housing estates.
However, so far he has constructed only the one 18-hole course and converted Menie’s manor house into a boutique hotel with 16 rooms.
The new 18-hole course will be named MacLeod – after Trump’s Scottish mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, who was born and brought up on the Hebridean island of Lewis before emigrating to New York.
The course will share the golf house and related facilities currently serving the Menie course and will provide an additional 141 parking spaces.
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