And finally… Trump housing plans attract record number of objections



Donald Trump’s plans to build luxury housing near his Aberdeenshire golf course have set a new record for the number of planning objections.

The Trump Organisation plans to build 550 new homes on a site within the Trump International Golf Links estate at Menie, near Balmedie.

But more than 3000 people have formally objected to the plans, with another 19,000 signing an online petition being considered by the Aberdeenshire Council.

The total is understood to be a new record for objections to a Scottish planning application.

Other plans for the 1,500 acre estate include 50 hotel cottages, sports centre, retail, equestrian and commercial spaces, alongside other resort related leisure facilities.

The Trump Organisation has claimed that 2,000 jobs will be supported during the construction phase, with nearly 300 permanent jobs after completion.

Objections were raised about the lack of access, parking issues and suggestions the development would not benefit “the local economy”.

The 19,000-strong petition was set up by campaign group TrippingUpTrump and a spokesperson said: “These homes will be unaffordable to anyone except the rich, featuring villas planned to sell for over £1m.

“No plans for affordable houses, which were promised as part of the planning permission, have been made public.

“They do not appear in the proposed development brochure.

“This location is entirely inappropriate for a housing scheme; it’s far from amenities and is opposed by people living nearby.

“Planning permission for the golf resort was issued on the basis that the economic benefit outweighed the environmental harm.

“Trump cannot be trusted to deliver on his promises for this resort, and this new development will further damage the beautiful North Sea coastline whilst lining his own pockets.

“What’s more, we’re signing Scotland away to a man who deals in lies and hate, which will damage the country’s reputation.

“Now Mr Trump has the reputation of an international pariah, and his proposed housing scheme is evidently unpopular - hardly reasons to extend special treatment to his planning application this time.”

The housing plans are due to go before the council planning committee next month.