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Donald Trump pulls plug on second Scottish golf course in wind farm row  

Credit:  By: Rod Mills | Daily Express | Published: Thu, February 13, 2014 | www.express.co.uk ~~

Donald Trump has withdrawn a planning application to build another golf course in Scotland days after losing a legal battle over an offshore windfarm.

The US property tycoon lodged plans in October for the second course at his resort in Menie, Aberdeenshire, to be named the MacLeod course after his mother, Mary Anne, who was born on the Isle of Lewis.

Yesterday, Aberdeenshire Council confirmed the application, which was never fully completed, has now been withdrawn.

Mr Trump lost a legal bid at the Court of Session earlier this week to stop the £230million wind turbine development being built within view of his existing course on the North Sea coast.

On the same day, he announced the purchase of Doonbeg Golf Club, County Clare, in Ireland.

Mr Trump has long threatened to abandon his Scottish development if the turbines are built.

He revealed the Doonbeg deal just hours after the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled against him.

Speaking last year, at the launch of plans for the MacLeod course, Sarah Malone, executive vice president of Trump International Golf Links, said the 18-hole course had been designed to complement the existing championship course.

A spokeswoman for Trump International said: “I can confirm that the second golf course application has been withdrawn in line with Mr Trump’s statement earlier this week.

“We have a phenomenal golf property in the north-east of Scotland, including our recently launched boutique house hotel, MacLeod House & Lodge, which is thriving and we will continue to protect this investment.

“But, as Mr Trump has said for the last few years, he will not invest further while the threat of wind turbines remains a possibility.

“Trump is investing heavily in golf across the globe, most recently in Dubai, Miami and now Ireland, while Scotland is missing out.

“Mr Trump’s plans for his Aberdeenshire property would have happened at much accelerated pace, had it not been for this issue.”

News of the move came after Mr Trump likened wind farms to the Lockerbie bombing.

He said the huge turbines were “like Pan Am 103” – the jet that was blown up over Dumfriesshire in 1988, killing 270 people.

The billionaire said: “Wind farms are a disaster for Scotland like Pan Am 103, an abomination, only sustained with government subsidy.”

Source:  By: Rod Mills | Daily Express | Published: Thu, February 13, 2014 | www.express.co.uk

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