Trump launches legal challenge against turbines

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Tycoon Donald Trump has begun a legal challenge against the Scottish Goverment’s decision to approve the Aberdeen Bay windfarm development.

The billionaire lodged a petition at the Court of Serssion in Edinburgh calling on judges to reverse planning permission granted in March.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) will involve the construction of 11 turbines which Mr Trump maintains will spoil the view from the championship links at Menie.

He claims his company was denied a fair hearing by Scottish ministers who refused to hold a public inquiry into the windfarm project.

In a statement Mr Trump said: “I plan on proceeding for as long as required, irrespective of cost.

“It’s unfortunate that we have been forced to seek judicial intervention following the recent decision of the Scottish ministers.

“We will not allow the Scottish Government or any other party to undermine what we have created at Trump International Golf Links and look forward to progressing the development further once this battle is behind us.”

The petition, lodged by Trump International Golf Links and The Trump Organisation, asks the court to declare that the decision not to hold a public inquiry and the subsequent approval of the centre in Aberdeen Bay in March were unlawful and seeks to have both decisions reversed.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The decision on the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre application was made following thorough consideration of all material issues connected with the application, taking into account views of consultees, stakeholders and members of the public.

“This development offers a significant and strategic opportunity to drive the harnessing of Scotland’s vast offshore renewables resources forward by providing a site for developers to prove new and innovative solutions in a real-time environment.”

Mr Trump has previously vowed to spend “whatever it takes” to prevent the offshore windfarm development from going ahead. Following approval, he pulled the plug on any future investment in the Menie resort.