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Trump golfing team tees up talks to resolve wind farm plan concerns

SENIOR officials from Donald Trump's organisation will today hold talks with the developers of the giant offshore wind farm that might destroy the tycoon's dream of building the "world's greatest golf course" in Scotland.

The clear-the-air meeting between executives of the Trump Organisation and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) is aimed at persuading the tycoon's representatives that his 300 million golfing resort will not be affected by the controversial wind farm plans - only hours before Mr Trump flies in for his first official visit to the site.

Mr Trump, who paid a private visit to the Menie estate last year before buying the 800-acre golf development site, told The Scotsman in New York last month that his dream of building the "greatest course in the world" on dunes near Balmedie would be abandoned, unless the offshore wind farm plans were scrapped.

He expressed concerns that "ocean views" from the planned prestigious development at the Menie Estate, north of Aberdeen, could be ruined by an offshore wind farm off the rugged coastline. But AREG, the private and public sector partnership championing the wind farm development, believes the Trump Organisation's concerns are based on out-of-date proposals for the layout of the renewable energy scheme.

Iain Todd, the senior adviser to AREG, told The Scotsman yesterday: "They are both excellent projects. I hope they become very good neighbours."

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The clear-the-air meeting between executives of the Trump Organisation and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) is aimed at persuading the tycoon's representatives that his £300 million golfing resort will not be affected by the controversial wind farm plans - only hours before Mr Trump flies in for his first official visit to the site.

Mr Trump, who paid a private visit to the Menie estate last year before buying the 800-acre golf development site, told The Scotsman in New York last month that his dream of building the "greatest course in the world" on dunes near Balmedie would be abandoned, unless the offshore wind farm plans were scrapped.

He expressed concerns that "ocean views" from the planned prestigious development at the Menie Estate, north of Aberdeen, could be ruined by an offshore wind farm off the rugged coastline. But AREG, the private and public sector partnership championing the wind farm development, believes the Trump Organisation's concerns are based on out-of-date proposals for the layout of the renewable energy scheme.

Iain Todd, the senior adviser to AREG, told The Scotsman yesterday: "They are both excellent projects. I hope they become very good neighbours."

The original scheme, outlined by AREG and the engineering giant Amec, was for 33 three-bladed wind turbines, up to 490ft high, being located about half a mile offshore and stretching 12 miles up the coastline from Aberdeen almost to the village of Newburgh, three miles north of the Menie Estate.

But the group's revised plans, due to be unveiled at next month's renewable energy conference in the city, will limit the £100 million wind farm development to 23 turbines, built offshore from the Bridge of Don to Blackdog, almost four miles from the dunes earmarked for the golf resort.

Mr Todd said that he and senior officials from Amec would be meeting with representatives of the Trump Organisation today in the hope of allaying any concerns they had about the potential impact of the wind farm on the golf course site.

Mr Todd said: "It's about establishing dialogue and I am sure this will be the first of several meetings. Their project is also great news for north-east Scotland, so we really want to end up as good neighbours."

Mr Todd explained that the plans for the wind farm had been significantly revised since the proposals were published and that changes had been made both to the layout and the number of turbines.

He said. "The original layout had two rows of turbines, stretching north from Aberdeen almost to Newburgh and that's about ten or 12 miles.

"But we have changed our layout and the number of turbines to 23. The new arrangement is much ... further south and there is quite a distance between our scheme and the golf course."

Mr Todd, however, conceded that some of the turbines would still be seen by golfers playing at Mr Trump's planned championship golf links. "They would be visible, but they would be some way in the distance," he said.



Source: http://news.scotsman.com/po...

APR 27 2006
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