Birdies bunker Trump's golf resort
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland is worried that the courses could damage wildlife on the coastal dunes, which are protected for a range of plants and invertebrates and provide breeding grounds for skylarks, lapwings and shelducks. Mr Trump has expressed concern about the visual impact on his development of a wind farm, costing more than £100m, that is being proposed off the coast of Aberdeen.
October 15, 2006
by Andrew Bolger,Scotland Correspondent
in Financial Times
Plans by Donald Trump, the US property developer, to create a world-class golf course on seaside links in north-east Scotland are being delayed by the need to study bird movements.
Mr Trump wants to spend more than £300m at a 1,000-acre site on the Menie Estate, north of Aberdeen, to provide two championship courses, a five-star hotel and timeshare properties.
Trump International Golf Links said an initial planning application would be submitted shortly to Aberdeenshire Council, but the project's scale and intricacy meant environmental assessment studies would not be completed until January.
Neil Hobday, project director, said: "Some of the... [continue via Web link]