Trump scraps second golf course at Menie

Donald Trump has put plans for a second course at the Menie estate on public display.
Donald Trump has put plans for a second course at the Menie estate on public display.

Donald Trump has ruled out further development at his Aberdeenshire golf resort after withdrawing an application for a second course.

The US billionaire scrapped plans after his appeal against a proposed windfarm development off the coast was thrown out by the Court of Session last week.

The championship links at Menie estate

The championship links at Menie estate

Following the ruling, Mr Trump confirmed that he would appeal and, for the time being, would focus on a new golf project in the south of Ireland.

The withdrawal of proposals for a second course came only days after the application was tabled, and the tycoon is also understood to be prepared to sell off parts of the Menie estate.

His son, Don jun, said there would be no further investment in the site, ending plans to complete the resort with a luxury hotel and housing development, and hopes of attracting a major golf tournament to the area.

Aberdeenshire Council confirmed that an application for a second course had been withdrawn.

Mr Trump’s lawyers had petitioned for a judicial review of the Scottish Government’s decision last March to approve the 11-turbine project in Aberdeen Bay.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) is set to be developed within sight of his championship links, which Mr Trump claims will spoil the view.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust expressed “enormous relief” that the second course would not be going ahead.

The organisation’s head of policy, Dr Maggie Keegan, said: “During the passage of the first planning application, the Scottish Wildlife Trust failed to convince the Scottish Government that a nationally important site should be protected from development, which has led to a third of this important site being destroyed to be replaced by tarmac, bulldozed sand dunes and grass.

“So it comes as an enormous relief that the rest of this unique and beautiful habitat will now be saved from development.”

Mid-Formartine SNP Councillor Allan Hendry said Mr Trump’s decision was a blow to the North-east.

He added: “From an economic point of view I’m disappointed that he has decided to pull the plug on a second course.”

But Mr Hendry said he was not convinced the businessman was finished with the area, if his appeal against the windfarm ruling was successful.