Environment agencies oppose Trump plans for Scottish golf course
US presidents resort wants to build second 18-hole links in Aberdeenshire but critics say it breaches sewage and pollution rules
The Trump Organization faces a long battle with Scotlands environment agencies after they objected to its plans to build a new golf course on the coast of Aberdeenshire.
The agencies have told Donald Trumps company its plans for a second 18-hole course at his Trump International Golf Links Scotland resort north of Aberdeen breach strict rules on sewage pollution, environmental protection and conserving groundwater.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa), which polices the countrys water quality and pollution regulations, has tabled formal objections to the proposed course unless the Trump Organization substantially revises its plans, and spends more on sewage and water supplies.
Aberdeenshire council, the local planning authority, has also been warned by the conservation agency Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) that it is unhappy with the location of the 18-hole course, to be named after Trumps Scottish mother, Mary MacLeod, within the substantial dunes system which made the site so attractive to Trump.
SNH said there was a substantial risk parts of the course would be damaged by drifting dunes which the companys minor changes to its design have failed to address. The agency said it risked breaching national planning policy and the national marine plan.
It pointed to a stark experience in February 2016 when the existing course was damaged by drifting dunes during a storm, smothering grasses planted to stabilise the dunes a risk its critics had repeatedly warned about.
It remains likely that in future coastal-edge dynamism would repeatedly disrupt and increasingly threaten elements of the golf course (whether tees, greens or areas stabilised to support them), SNH told planning officers. If the Trump Organization tried to protect the course by building solid, artificial walls to stop the dunes from drifting in future, the agency said it was likely to formally object.
Sepas protests increase the chances that the proposed course, a key part of Trumps much-delayed and scaled-down plans for a major golf resort at the site, will be rejected by the council or sent to a public planning inquiry.