Trump could be hit with £5m affordable houses bill
Donald Trump’s north-east golf resort could be hit with a £5 million bill for new affordable housing if its plans for 500 homes are approved.
The demand has been set out as various public agencies and community groups responded to the proposed development at the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire.
Earlier this year, Trump International Golf Links lodged plans for a £150m expansion, with housing and hotel cottages to be built on the site.
The development would also include a gym, equestrian centre and space for shops and offices.
The proposals have split opinion, with supporters saying it would be a “lucrative” draw for visitors and a boost to the economy and opponents arguing they do not include affordable or social housing.
Now Aberdeenshire Council’s own housing department has revealed it would want £5m from the developer to “address local housing need in the Ellon Academy catchment area” if the scheme is approved.
A total of £500,000 would be paid to the council on the completion of every 50 homes in the 500-house scheme.
Known as “commuted” payments, Aberdeenshire Council’s policies state that they can only be used in “rare and exceptional cases” and as a “last resort” to provide affordable housing elsewhere if it cannot be accommodated on the development site.
Other responses to the application, which was lodged in July, show that the council’s roads department currently objects because “insufficient information” has been provided.
Local authority environment officials want the developer to relocate part of the development, or carry out strategic landscaping, in order to “conserve the historic setting” of Menie House.
And education chiefs said contributions would be required for increased primary school provision, and the “impact on secondary school capacity”.