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Donald Trump challenge to Aberdeenshire wind farm begins today

BBC – November 12, 2013

Donald Trump’s legal challenge against plans for an offshore wind farm near his Aberdeenshire golf resort is due to get under way at the Court of Session.

During a four-day hearing, the US tycoon will attempt to overturn the Scottish government’s decision to approve the 11-turbine project.

The developer, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, has said the turbines could power as many as 49,000 homes.

Mr Trump said they would spoil the sea view for guests at his Menie resort.

He has shelved plans for a hotel, holiday homes and a residential village while the row goes on.

A petition lodged by Trump International Golf Links and the Trump Organisation earlier this year asked the Edinburgh court to declare that the decision was unlawful.

It also challenged the decision not to hold a public inquiry into the project in Aberdeen Bay.

In a statement, the organisation said: “We welcome the opportunity to present our case before the Court of Session.”

Turbine height

A Scottish government spokeswoman said it was “committed to the successful and sustainable development of an offshore wind sector”.

She added: “It is not appropriate for the Scottish government to comment on ongoing legal proceedings.”

The offshore scheme was put together by Vattenfall Wind Power and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.

Donald Trump has shelved plans for his hotel while the row goes on.  Read full article here….

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One Comment on “Donald Trump challenge to Aberdeenshire wind farm begins today”

  1. 1957chev November 12, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    No tourist is going to want to spend time staring at a spinning, ugly, electricity generating project. I wouldn’t waste a penny on building on Scotland’s lands, until I was guaranteed there would be no turbines.

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