Formartine Area Committee comes up Trumps as access road gains approval

Donald Trump’s plans to build a multi-million pound golfing and leisure resort on the Menie Estate received a boost on Tuesday, when a council committee approved plans to build an access road to the course and clubhouse.

Members of the Formartine Area Committee backed the application to build the access road after approval was recommended by officers, despite voicing anxieties over levels of traffic on the road and the impact it could have on the safety of other road users.

In their report, council officials noted that while the proposed road was deemed to be suitable for private access, if the residential development as proposed in the masterplan were to come forward in the future as an application, two additional points of access off the A90 would be required.

The mile-long route will connect the A90 with the planned clubhouse. Currently, access to the estate is by a narrow and concealed entrance. The new access will be located almost 120 metres to the north of the current entrance.

In a submission to Aberdeenshire Council, Transport Scotland advised that conditions be attached to any approval given by the Council, in order to ensure that the standard of access layout complied with current standards, so that the safety of traffic on the trunk road is not diminished and that the current drainage system on the A90 was not affected.

Sarah Malone, Executive Vice President of Trump International - Scotland, said afterwards that the decision represented “another important step forward”, and that the organisation would now commence with the construction of the new access road next month.

“Construction of the championship golf course, putting green, driving range and short game area are all nearing completion”, the spokesperson said. “The quality of workmanship across the golf course and its associated facilities has been outstanding – we’re delighted with the progress made.

“Our focus over the coming months is the development on the first phase of services and infrastructure required to operate the golf course. We are currently preparing both temporary and permanent clubhouse applications which will be submitted to Council in the coming weeks.