Donald Trump loses appeal to protect his golf course from new windfarm
December 16, 2015
US billionaire Donald Trump may have to invest in a bigger golf umbrella to shield his vision from the wind turbines that will be being built next to his Scottish golf course, Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire.
The US presidential hopeful was trying to block the new windfarm construction as he said it would spoil the view of the golfers playing at his course whilst also claiming that wind turbines are a “dangerous experiment with wind energy”
But this morning five Supreme Court judges ruled against his argument of appeal, which was based on two grounds that Scottish minsters had no power under the 1989 act to grant consent to the windfarm application and also there was a problem with the design application.
Today the Supreme Court in Westminster rubbished the claims saying “It is clear that the consent contains a mechanism enabling the Scottish ministers to use both the construction method statement and the design statement to regulate the design of the windfarm in the interests of environmental protection, and to require compliance with those statements.”
The Menie Estate was purchased by Trump in 2006 with the connection to the country being through his mother. He then transformed it into a golf resort in the protected coastal dunes to the north of Aberdeen, and has been locked in a legal battle for the last two years.
He’s probably now hoping his Presidential campaign doesn’t suffer the same fate as his wind turbine battle.