Trump Windfarm Challenge Rejected

16 December 2015, 10:56

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has lost a Supreme Court fight against an offshore wind farm project near his Scottish golf resort.

Scottish Government ministers approved proposals for an 11-turbine scheme off the Aberdeenshire coast in 2013.

Mr Trump, president of the Trump Organisation, says the wind farm will spoil the view from his luxury golf links at the Menie Estate.

He argued that ministers were wrong to give the project the green light.

The Supreme Court analysed the case at a hearing in London in October after the businessman had twice lost fights in Scottish courts.

A panel of Supreme Court justices has now ruled against Mr Trump.

Mr Trump has said he would pull the plug on plans to further develop the resort near Balmedie if the wind farm project went ahead.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre project is a joint venture by Vattenfall Wind Power and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, which says the turbines would yield enough electricity to power 68,000 UK households over a year.

A panel of five Supreme Court justices heard that Trump International Golf Club Scotland had developed a golf resort at the Menie Estate and Menie Links in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire.

In 2011, Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm applied for permission to create and run the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Aberdeen Bay.

The plan was to build up to 11 wind turbines.

Justices were told that the wind farm would be seen by people at the resort.

Trump International Golf Club Scotland opposed the plan.

But in March 2013, Scottish ministers gave the go-ahead to development.

Trump International Golf Club Scotland then mounted unsuccessful challenges against the decision in Scottish courts before appealing to the Supreme Court.

Lawyers for Mr Trump argued that Scottish ministers had "no power'' under legislation.

But Supreme Court justices disagreed and unanimously dismissed Mr Trump's appeal.