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Council backs Trump expansion plans

Councillors have backed developer Donald Trump’s expansion plans for his £1bn golf resort in north east Scotland.

The tycoon’s plans are for an extra five plots of land for the Aberdeenshire development to include private homes. The plans for the Menie Estate resort have already received outline planning permission.

Trump’s son, Donald Trump Junior, attended the meeting in which the council voted nine to two in favour of the plans. Two homeowners who are refusing to sell their homes were among dozens who objected to the plans.

Presently, a person does not need to own land to make an application to develop on it.

Although insisting it would be a last resort, Trump has asked the council for compulsory purchase orders for the privately owned land.

The architect behind the development, Gareth Hoskins, told councillors during the meeting of the Formartine area committee that the extra land is “essential” and that issues surround the “visual impact” of the property

He said: “The decision has been taken to go forward with this, and if it is going to happen it has to be the best we can achieve.”

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