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Trump defends golf course plans

Donald Trump
Mr Trump has taken a close personal interest in the plans

American billionaire Donald Trump has insisted his proposed 1bn golf resort in Aberdeenshire will actually improve the environment.

Mr Trump flew in to spend the day on the Menie Estate, north of Aberdeen, where he wants to create "the best golf resort in the world".

His plans have attracted opposition from environmental groups.

Mr Trump told a media conference the project would have cost a lot less if he did not care about the environment.

It's possible I could lose a great deal of money
Donald Trump

Mr Trump said: "Each and every golf course I have built has got awards for environmental protection and I do not think anyone has got as many awards as we have.

"I believe environmentally when we are finished the course will be better environmentally than before we started.

"It's possible I could lose a great deal of money. It would cost a lot less money if we did not care about the environment."

The visit was his first to the Menie Estate since council planners gave the 1bn proposals their backing.

'Final decision'

The plans include two championship golf courses and a 450-bedroom hotel.

The Trump International Golf Links Scotland resort would also include 950 holiday homes and 36 golf villas.

Mr Trump met members of Trump International who are overseeing the project during his stay in Scotland.

A final decision is expected by Aberdeenshire Council on 30 October.

Last month, the US tycoon spoke via a recorded video to a public meeting which had been called to debate his proposals.

The sand dunes at the proposed site are an environmentally-sensitive area, and some locals and Scottish Natural Heritage have expressed concerns at the potential impact of the development.

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