A local authority has granted full planning permission to US billionaire Donald Trump to build a controversial £1bn luxury golf course.
His firm got outline planning permission from the Scottish government in December last year and was provisionally given the go-ahead last month, then Aberdeenshire Council gave the green light on Tuesday for the resort on the Menie Estate at the outskirts of Aberdeen.
The golf course, which is opposed by many locals, will include almost 1,000 holiday flats, 500 homes and a luxury hotel. It is scheduled to open in 2012.
SOL Golf Course Construction will carry out the first section of work, which involves building access roads and creating the course’s shape.
According to Trump, his course, once open, will bring £50M to the UK economy.
“Today my team will finally get to work and build the world’s greatest golf course for Scotland and for the great game of golf,” he said. “We are building on the finest piece of land I have ever seen and we will turn it into a national jewel. People will travel from around the world to play the course and experience its beauty.”