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US President Trump’s bid for new Scottish golf course slammed by environmental groups

Environment agencies have opposed US president Donald Trump ’s plans for another Scottish golf course.

His Trump Organization have announced they want to build a second 18-hole links at Trump International Golf Links Scotland resort, on the Aberdeenshire coast.

But now the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, who police water quality, have said it would breach rules on sewage pollution, environmental protection and conserving groundwater.

And conservation agency Scottish Natural Heritage said there was a risk that parts of the course would be damaged by drifting dunes.

The protests could see the plan rejected by the council.

Last night Trump International Golf Links, Scotland said despite the concerns, they were extremely confident in their proposal for a second golf course.

A spokeswoman said: “The recent correspondence between Trump International, the local authority and statutory consultants is a normal part of the planning process and the regular ongoing dialogue conducted during the application process. SNH and SEPA always reference a range of policy considerations and factors which is standard practice and nothing out of the ordinary.

“Our application is making its way through the planning system and this dialogue will continue until it goes before committee for consideration.

“The Dr Martin Hawtree designed second golf course is located to the south of the Trump estate and does not occupy a Site of Special Scientific Interest therefore is not covered by any environmental designations.

“We are extremely confident in our proposal and that this process will reach a satisfactory conclusion acceptable to all parties on our world class development.”


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