Trump golf resort homes plans online
£150 million project open to public scrutiny on website
The masterplan for a rural village of 500 homes on Donald Trump’s northeast golf resort is now open to public comment on Aberdeenshire Council’s website.
Already attracting expressions of interest across the globe, the £150 million phased project proposes to build a mix of luxury housing, including 50 hotel cottages, a gym, equestrian centre, shops and offices.
The plans will now be the subject of consultation, with the council considering objections and letters of support.
It is predicted the development will bring about 2,000 jobs during construction, almost 300 full-time posts and contribute £250 million to the region.
Over the longer term, the proposed development will “add 268 jobs and £29m of output to the Scottish economy” according to the economic report published along with the planning documents.
The report adds: “Most of this will be captured within Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire where an additional 244 jobs and £25m of output will be sustained.”
The development won approval in 2008 and the first phase is now complete – that being the links golf course, clubhouse with restaurant, shop, lounge and bar and five-star country house hotel and lodge.
Blaming the “challenging” investment environment for the 10year delay in lodging the phase two plans, the report said: “Market prospects today are very different compared to conditions a decade ago.
“However, the proposed development remains on course to deliver the significant economic benefits originally envisaged. It is in the interests of the regional economy that this development proceeds.”
If the plans are agreed, it would pave the way for the section 75 developer’s obligation package, which includes £500,000 of community facilities.
A detailed Section 75 agreement, which obliges developers to make financial contributions to local infrastructure, was struck between Aberdeenshire Council and Trump International Golf Links when the development won approval in 2008.
The deal was understood to have also covered the building of 98 affordable homes and the provision of a primary school for a maximum of 225 pupils.
A Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report published this year revealed the dunes had been “partially destroyed” by the golf course.
For more information, visit the council’s website.
The first objection, from an Aberdeen resident, was submitted within minutes of the application going live.
WAY AHEAD: An artist’s impression of one of the designs for the 500 houses planned for the Trump International Golf Links