Donald Trump has failed to have his bid for “a thousand” houses at one of his Scottish golf courses included in a long-term development scheme.
South Ayrshire Council is not considering proposals by the Trump Organisation among its plans for future building work in the area around the Turnberry resort.
That’s despite boasts by the outgoing US president after he took over the site in 2014 that he “would have the right to build at least a thousand houses on Turnberry, if I wanted to”.
But his hopes for developments have failed to come to fruition, and recent plans to build 225 homes and holiday homes on nearby farmland and a disused airstrip were kicked out.
One of Trump’s biggest critics in Scotland, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie, said his failed development legacy was proof that his plans were untrustworthy.
Harvie said: “Like Trump himself, his businesses seem incapable of accepting when they’ve lost. Scotland should stand firm and throw out proposals from the toxic Trump brand. Whether on housing or environmental standards, Trump’s record shows he and his businesses are not to be trusted.
“There have been questions raised about the murky relationship between Turnberry, Prestwick and the US military.
“And wider concerns about his business activities in the States have grown. I have called for Scottish Government ministers to use the powers they have to seek an
unexplained wealth order about his purchases in Scotland so we can see how he paid for them.”
South Ayrshire Council confirmed Trump’s Turnberry housing proposal was not part of its new Local Development Plan. It’s a similar story in Aberdeenshire at the Trump International Golf Links near the village of Balmedie.
Permission was given by the Scottish Government to build 1500 homes on the site as long as a hotel was constructed alongside it.
But Aberdeenshire Council confirmed to the Sunday Mail that a plan is now in place to build 500 homes – a third of Trump’s original plan, and without a hotel.
Asked about the failings of Trump’s businesses to uphold major house-building plans, Sarah Malone, of Trump International Scotland, said: “Your assertions about the complex planning processes in Aberdeenshire and South Ayrshire are incorrect. We have extensive development plans for both sites.”
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