Decision on Trump’s Menie homes plan delayed

An artist's impression of Macleod Square
An artist's impression of Macleod Square

A decision on plans for more than 500 new homes on the Menie Estate near Balmedie has been postponed.

The delay comes following the submission of fresh information to Aberdeenshire Council’s planning department.

An artist's impression of the housing development at Menie

An artist's impression of the housing development at Menie

The major application from Trump International Golf Links Ltd was to have been discussed by councillors on the council’s Formartine Area Committee next week.

Following that debate, it had been expected to be determined by Full Council next month.

A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: “The Menie application will not be discussed at the forthcoming Formartine Area Committee on February 12.

“This is due to the applicant submitting further, late, information which the service wishes to fully assess and to ensure that all members considering this proposal have the same level of information.

“It was intended that full council would determine this application at its meeting in March, taking the views of local councillors into account, but following discussion with the applicant a decision on the application is not now likely until later in the year.”

The proposed £150million development – first unveiled last summer – would see 550 homes and leisure/resort units created alongside community facilities, shops, offices, food and drink outlets, landscaping and supporting infrastructure.

A pre-determination hearing was held late last year to enable those who had already submitted valid representations, as well as the applicant and consultees, to express their views to councillors before any decision is taken.

A petition calling upon Aberdeenshire Council to reject the plans was launched last year and has gained in excess of 16,000 signatures.

Around 3,000 formal objections have also been submitted to the local authority’s planning department.