Donald Trump ‘halts golf resort work over wind farm’
US tycoon Donald Trump has said work at his golf resort near Aberdeen has stopped until a decision is made on plans for a wind farm off the coast.
Mr Trump said the plans for 11 turbines in Aberdeen Bay would spoil the sea views for his customers at Menie in Aberdeenshire.
He said if the turbines were approved the last thing he would do was build a hotel looking out at it.
A decision on the wind farm is awaited from Scottish ministers.
A planning application for the wind farm off Aberdeen Bay, 2km (1.2 miles) from his golf course, was submitted to Marine Scotland in August last year.
The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is a £150m joint venture by utility company Vattenfall, engineering firm Technip and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.
The wind farm’s developers said it was a strategic development which was crucial to the area’s economic future.
“All further plans for future development, including the hotel, are now on hold until the Scottish government makes a decision on the application for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre.
“If the north east of Scotland is serious about tourism and creating a global golf destination it cannot allow the coastline to be ruined by an ugly industrial park directly off the shoreline.”
Mr Trump has previously written to First Minister Alex Salmond.
His letter said: “Please understand that I am not fighting this proposal merely for the benefit of Trump International Golf Links. Instead I am fighting for the benefit of Scotland.
“Every location in the United States with a magnificent coastline – nothing compared to Scotland – has successfully defeated these horrendous looking, noisy and inefficient structures.”