• STV
  • MySTV

Donald Trump loses court battle against offshore wind farm

A judge has ruled the Scottish Government were within their rights to approve the turbines in Aberdeen Bay.

Portrait image of Donald Trump. Quality image.
HEMEDIA

Donald Trump has lost his court battle against a wind farm being built off the coast of his Aberdeenshire golf course.

Planning permission for the 11 turbines to be built by Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited (AOWFL) in Aberdeen Bay was granted in March last year. It comes on the same day as the tycoon announced a new luxury golf resort in Ireland.

The energy minister Fergus Ewing decided not to hold a public inquiry into the wind farm application and granted the permission.

Mr Trump has vigorously opposed the plans from the beginning, claiming it will spoil the view from his luxury golf course at Menie Estate.

He went to the Court of Session for a judicial review into the decision not to hold a public inquiry and the granting of the permission and a hearing was held in November last year.

On Tuesday, Lord Doherty dismissed the petition, saying the Scottish Government had the power to grant the consent.

Trump’s lawyers had argued the government had been biased but the judge said he was not persuaded this was the case.

Following the decision, the Trump Organisation said they are reviewing the decision and were confident the wind farm would not go ahead.

In a statement, they said: "Today’s decision has not altered our unwavering commitment to protect our investment in Scotland. We are reviewing Lord Doherty’s decision and will pursue the legal options available to us as recommended by our Counsel.

"Communities world-wide continue to challenge the destructive proliferation of wind turbines and we will remain a fierce opponent at the forefront of this battle. Despite today’s decision, the EOWDC proposal has numerous economic and legal obstacles that will ultimately prevent its construction."

Shortly after the decision was announced, the Trump Organisation revealed the acquisition of a new golf resort in the Republic of Ireland.

The Doonbeg Golf Club in County Clare will be renamed "Trump International Golf Links, Ireland" and will offer golfers a 400-acre site on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.

Mr Trump said: “I am thrilled to announce that we have purchased yet another incredible golf resort. From Trump National Doral, Miami to Trump International Golf Links, Scotland, known as 'the greatest golf course in the world,' we only have the best.

"Doonbeg is an already terrific property that we will make even better -- it will soon be an unparalleled resort destination with the highest standards of luxury."

The Irish resort, featuring 218 hotel suites, a spa and several restaurants, becomes the 16th property in Mr Trump's golf portfolio.

Feedback: We want your feedback on our site. If you've got questions, spotted an inaccuracy or just want to share some ideas about our news service, please email us on web@stv.tv.

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the Apple store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

Join in: For debate, chat, comment and more, join our communities on the STV News Facebook page or follow @STVNews on Twitter.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.