Pre-determination hearing for Trump development

An artist's impression of the Trump Estate development at Menie
An artist's impression of the Trump Estate development at Menie

A pre-determination hearing will be held next month to discuss a planning application for a new development at the Menie estate.

The proposed development by Trump International Golf Links Ltd is to build 550 homes alongside community facilities, shops, offices, food and drink, landscaping and supporting infrastructure.

A pre-determination hearing is a formal process allowing those who have already submitted valid representations, as well as the applicant and consultees, to express their views to Councillors before any decision is taken.

It also provides an opportunity for Councillors to seek clarity, so that when they come to make a determination they are fully informed on all aspects of the application before them.

These hearings are not public consultation events.

A site visit will also take place before the meeting.

Councillors will visit the relevant site prior to the hearing but will not hear arguments for or against the proposals during the visit.

Although no decision will be made on the application at the hearing, it will be minuted and all points raised will be placed before the Formartine Area Committee when they discuss it, before passing the view of the Area Committee to Full Council.

If you have made a valid representation on this planning application and wish to address Councillors at the hearing, please email formartine@aberdeenshire.gov.uk before Wednesday, December 5.

Copies of reports to be presented at the hearing, letters of representation received, and pre-determination hearing procedures will be available online or from the Formartine Area Office one week before the hearing.

The Planning Service are working on acknowledging representations made and will be contacting everyone who submitted a valid response separately.

The pre-determination hearing will take place on Wednesday, December 12 at 6pm at Ellon Community Campus.