Trump begins windfarm legal battle

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s legal challenge to a major windfarm project near his Aberdeenshire golf course is under way.

A hearing expected to last four days opened at the Court of Session in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

The tycoon is seeking to have the Scottish Government’s backing for an 11-turbine development in Aberdeen Bay overturned.

Mr Trump has strongly opposed the £230 million European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), claiming the project will spoil the views from his Menie estate links.

The Trump Organisation is arguing that the decision of Scottish ministers to approve the offshore scheme in March of this year was in breach of human rights legislation.

The billionaire has maintained that a full public inquiry should have been held into the plans and claimed he was denied a fair hearing.

His legal team is asking the court to declare that the decisions not to hold a public inquiry and the subsequent approval of the EOWDC 
were unlawful.

He has hired Gordon Steele QC, one of Scotland’s top legal planning counsel, to lead 
his case.

Scottish ministers said the judicial review petition should be dismissed.

Mr Trump has put on hold on his plans to finish his luxury resort with a hotel, holiday homes and a residential village while the windfarm 
issue continues.

The offshore development was dealt a blow recently when members of Formartine Area Committee turned down proposals for an electricity substation at Blackdog, near Balmedie, which would channel power from the turbines.

Residents had campaigned fiercely against the substation, which has been proposed for a former landfill site in 
the village.