US presidential candidate Donald Trump said he will continue to fight against an offshore wind farm project near his Scottish golf resort after losing a battle in the Supreme Court.
Scottish Government ministers had approved proposals for an 11-turbine scheme off the Aberdeenshire coast in 2013.
But Mr Trump, president of the Trump Organisation, said the wind farm would spoil the view from his luxury golf links at the Menie Estate – and argued that ministers were wrong to give the project the green light.
The businessman appealed to the Supreme Court after twice losing fights in Scottish courts.
Supreme Court justices analysed the case at a hearing in London in October and today dismissed Mr Trump’s challenge.
A spokesman for the Trump Organisation said the fight would continue on “every possible front”.
“This is an extremely unfortunate verdict for the residents of Aberdeen and anyone who cares about Scotland’s economic future,” said George Sorial, executive vice president of the Trump Organisation.
“The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre will completely destroy the bucolic Aberdeen Bay and cast a terrible shadow upon the future of tourism for the area.
“History will judge those involved unfavorably and the outcome demonstrates the foolish, small minded and parochial mentality which dominates the current Scottish Government’s dangerous experiment with wind energy.”
Mr Sorial said planning conditions remained “unpurified” and suggested that “plummeting” oil prices and money shortages might prevent the completion of the project.
He added: “We will evaluate the court’s decision and continue to fight this proposal on every possible front.”
A panel of five Supreme Court justices heard that the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) project was a joint venture by Vattenfall Wind Power and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, who said turbines would yield enough electricity to power 68,000 UK households over a year.
Justices heard that Trump International Golf Club Scotland had developed a golf resort at the Menie Estate and Menie Links in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire.
In 2011, Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm had applied for permission to create and run the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Aberdeen Bay.
The plan was to build up to 11 wind turbines.
Justices were told that the wind farm would be seen by people at the resort.
Trump International Golf Club Scotland opposed the plan.
But in March 2013, Scottish ministers gave the go-ahead to development.
Trump International Golf Club Scotland then mounted unsuccessful challenges against the decision in Scottish courts before appealing to the Supreme Court.
Lawyers for Mr Trump argued that Scottish ministers had “no power” under legislation.
But Supreme Court justices disagreed and unanimously dismissed Mr Trump’s appeal
The Scottish Government welcomed the Supreme Court decision.
“The proposed European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is an important project for Aberdeen and north-east Scotland,” said Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.
“It will give the industry the ability to test and demonstrate new technologies to enable costs to be further reduced.”
He added: “Aberdeen is already of global importance for hydrocarbons and this wind deployment centre cements its role in renewable offshore development, further positioning Aberdeen as the energy capital of Europe and a world energy centre.”
Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said Mr Trump was a “three time loser”.
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