Trump built 12 times without permission

Donald Trump's championship links at Menie have attracted strong  international interest in the first month.
Donald Trump's championship links at Menie have attracted strong international interest in the first month.

Trump International have applied for retrospective planning permission twelve times at their Menie Estate after erecting structures without seeking approval first.

Last month Trump International were issued two enforcement notices by Aberdeenshire Council and forced to apply for retrospective permission after the company had erected two flagpoles at their Balmedie Estate.

The championship links at Menie estate

The championship links at Menie estate

It can now be revealed that this is the twelfth time that Donald Trump’s company has built first and sought approval later.

Martin Ford, Councillor for East Garioch, commented on Trump International’s continual reliance on retrospective applications.

Cllr Ford said: ““From the start, Mr Trump has in turn either bullied or ignored the Scottish planning system.”

“I can think of no other developer who so routinely relies on retrospective applications for planning permissions.”

Including the flagpoles Trump International have applied for retrospective planning permission at their Balmedie Estate for nine Full Planning applications, two Listed Building applications and one Advert application.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said that while retrospective applications are assessed and dealt with in the same way as “normal” applications there may be additional costs involved in investigating complaints and serving official notices, especially in regards to staff time.

Robert Gray, Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Planning explained why the Council could not take further action against Trump International in respect to the usage of retrospective applications.

He said: “In all cases where unauthorised development has been identified the planning authority must take into consideration whether the development is, in principle, acceptable in planning terms and can therefore be addressed by way of a retrospective planning application.

“The planning authority is obliged to consider each planning application on its own merits and there are no legislative or regulatory powers which allow for punitive action to be taken based on the number of retrospective applications that any one site or applicant may have submitted in the past.”

A Trump International spokesperson said that the company had commented on the flagpole application but had nothing new to comment regarding their usage of retrospective planning applications.