Residents who face losing their homes thanks to Donald Trump’s controversial golf resort are urging the Scottish Government to change planning regulations.
People living near the £750M luxury golf and housing development on the Menie estate in Aberdeenshire argue the existing system is “skewed in favour of developers, no matter how ill conceived their project might be”.
Launching a petition with Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee, campaigners are requesting that developers seeking planning permission need to show they either own the respective land or have the backing of land owners. They add that this should apply in all cases bar infrastructure projects.
The petition goes on to argue that the current system’s “shortcomings” have become apparent as a result of the US billionaire’s development and says that sites of specific scientific interest should get more protection.
Menie estate resident David Milne, speaking on behalf of himself and others under threat of losing their homes, said: “The Trump saga in Aberdeenshire has revealed many things: that neither local government nor Scottish ministers can be relied upon to stand up either for Scottish residents or our unique natural environment; that Mr Trump’s ego will not compromise with anyone; and that the Scottish planning system is skewed in favour of developers no matter how ill-conceived their project may be.”
“Some of these problems cannot be resolved but we are today urging MSPs of all parties at Holyrood to do what they can to tighten up the planning system.
“Why should a private developer be allowed to apply to demolish homes he does not own, for his own profit? And what is the point of designating unique environments if those designations mean next to nothing?”