Trump loses turbine appeal

Donald Trump has lost his latest appeal again the windfarm development.
Donald Trump has lost his latest appeal again the windfarm development.
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Donald Trump has lost his latest legal challenge against an offshore windfarm project near his Aberdeenshire golf resort.

Proposals to build the 11-turbine scheme in Aberdeen Bay were approved by the Scottish Government in 2013.

The project is opposed by the tycoon, who claims that it would spoil the view from his luxury golf links at the Menie estate.

The Trump Organisation went to the Court of Session for a review of the Scottish Government’s decision not to hold a public inquiry on the wind farm application and their decision to grant consent for the project.

The petition was dismissed in February last year and Scotland’s most senior judge, Lord Gill, has now ruled that the earlier decision was legal.

He said in his judgment, published on Friday: “None of the considerations founded on by the petitioners comes anywhere near to supporting the petitioners’ suspicions.“

Mr Trump has previously said he will pull the plug on plans to further develop his resort near Balmedie if the windfarm goes ahead.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) project is a joint venture by Vattenfall Wind Power and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), who say the turbines would be capable of yielding enough electricity to power 68,000 UK households over a year.

A Trump Organisation spokesman said: “Today’s written judgment is no surprise – it’s impossible to have a fair hearing challenging wind farm applications in Scotland.

“We have already instructed our legal team to commence an appeal before both the Supreme Court of the UK and the European courts. The EOWDC proposal has now languished in the planning system for more than ten years and has a long way to go before construction can actually commence.

“Vattenfall, and AREG and Technip have long abandoned the project and it’s common knowledge that there is no money available for it to proceed. Onerous conditions must be purified and the legal challenge to its electrical substation, which is being fought by the entire village of Blackdog, is far from being resolved.

“Despite today’s ruling, with no available money and the current political movement to end wind farm subsidies, it’s impossible to envision how this ill-conceived proposal will ever get built.”