Trump golf re­sort homes plans on­line

£150 mil­lion project open to pub­lic scru­tiny on web­site

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY JOANNE WARNOCK

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

Don­ald Trump

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