Trump Organization Submits $200,000,000 Plan to Build 550 Houses and an Equestrian Resort
Trump’s family firm wants to build 500 houses, 50 hotel cottages and an equestrian center at Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie. The residential properties will range from £295,000 to several million.
The company has already been granted outline approval for the second phase of development at the course, which also include a sports facility and shops. The first phase included a championship golf course, clubhouse and hotel. It attracted opposition from green campaigners and some locals, who wanted the area's protected sand dunes to remain free from development.
Anger grew last month when the Scottish government's environment watchdog, Scottish Natural Heritage, concluded the development had 'partially destroyed' the protected site. However, a wind farm off the coast which was bitterly opposed by Mr Trump over fears it would spoil the views for golfers, is now up and generating electricity.
The Trump Organization said the latest phase would support nearly 2,000 jobs across Aberdeenshire during construction, and provide nearly 300 permanent jobs. However, the company has still failed to hit the £1 billion target for investment in the course that it quoted in the 2008 planning application.
Eric Trump, who now leads the Trump Organization 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:This is the second phase of our multi-phase development project which combines all three components of our original master plan vision including five-star golf and leisure facilities, luxury hotel and resort accommodation and residential village.' Colin Clark, Member of Parliament for Gordon, said: 'This level of investment is very good news for the local economy and demonstrates what a great region Aberdeenshire is for international investors.'