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24 July 2018, 10:05
The Trump Organisation has brought forward plans for 500 houses at its Aberdeenshire golf resort.
The £150 million proposals submitted to Aberdeenshire Council also include 50 cottages and a sports centre as well as shopping and equestrian facilities at the Menie estate near Balmedie.
President Donald Trump's family business has already been granted outline approval for the plans, the second phase of development at the resort.
The first phase included a championship golf course, clubhouse and hotel, but Mr Trump and the organisation had been accused of failing to deliver on promises of investment and jobs made when the controversial development was first granted permission in 2008.
The business said the latest phase would support nearly 2,000 jobs across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire during construction, and provide nearly 300 permanent jobs.
Eric Trump, who now leads the Trump Organisation with his brother Donald Jr, said: "We own a truly phenomenal property along the coast of North East Scotland and remain fully committed to our long-term vision for the site.
"The timing is now right for us to release the next phase of investment and the significant economic benefits this brings.
"Initial interest to our plans have been incredible and, subject to detailed planning approval, we are aiming to break ground next year."
Sarah Malone, executive vice president of Trump International in Aberdeen, added: "We are delighted to unveil the plans we have been working on for the past few years.
"This is the second phase of our multi-phase development project which combines all three components of our original masterplan vision including five-star golf and leisure facilities, luxury hotel and resort accommodation and residential village.
"Improvements to the region's infrastructure and recovery signs in the economy makes this the right time to drive forward this next major phase of development."