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In quotes: Trump resort reaction

Reaction to the Scottish Government approval for US tycoon Donald Trump's 1bn golf resort plans for Aberdeenshire.

DONALD TRUMP - HEAD OF THE TRUMP ORGANISATION

"We are greatly honoured by the positive decision and believe that the people of Scotland will be extremely happy with the final product.

"It will be a tremendous asset and source of pride for both Aberdeenshire and Scotland for many generations."

ALEX SALMOND - FIRST MINISTER AND LOCAL MSP

"It is entirely right and proper that the resources of the country are harnessed to boost one of our great industries and tourism is a great Scottish industry.

"It is also correct that the reporters have looked at how the environmental impact can be mitigated."

MARTIN FORD - COUNCILLOR WHO BLOCKED INITIAL PLANS

"This is a very, very bad precedent indeed and sends out a bad message about the protection in Scotland of our natural heritage sites.

"It appears to me to be a vanity project."

LEWIS MACDONALD - SCOTTISH LABOUR TOURISM SPOKESMAN

"The bigger picture here is about the kind of message that Scotland is sending out to the world and about whether we're able to take opportunities when they arise.

"While Alex Salmond's personal intervention caused more problems than it solved, the important thing is that due process has been followed with the right result."

AEDAN SMITH - RSPB SCOTLAND

"RSPB Scotland is surprised and extremely disappointed at this decision, which we believe is wrong both for Aberdeenshire and for Scotland.

"By the applicant's own admission, reiterated at the public local inquiry, the development will cause the destruction of a dune system, with its precious wildlife, on a site which is protected by law and should continue to be available for future generations to enjoy."

DAVID MCLETCHIE - SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVE MSP

"We said the Trump application was a shoo-in from the moment John Swinney made his unprecedented decision to call it in and undermine the normal planning processes, so this announcement comes as absolutely no surprise.

"However, we welcome this substantial investment in the north east of Scotland and trust that it will be able to proceed as planned, notwithstanding the changed financial situation since the proposal was first mooted by Donald Trump back in 2005."

MALCOLM BRUCE - SCOTTISH LIBERAL DEMOCRAT MP

"A volatile oil price reinforces the need for the north east economy to diversify. Nevertheless, many people have questioned how many permanent jobs will be created and of what quality.

"Assuming the Trump Organisation are still committed to the development I hope they will be able to spell this out in some detail in the coming months."

ANNE ROBERTSON - ABERDEENSHIRE COUNCIL LEADER

"I would like to take this opportunity to welcome this decision, as I truly believe a development of this type will bring significant benefits to the area, particularly in terms of jobs and tourism.

"The decision has been reached following a very thorough planning process that generated a huge amount of interest from groups and individuals - both in support and in objection to the application."

ROB ASHLIN - SUSTAINABLE ABERDEENSHIRE GROUP

"Donald Trump is not just planning a recreational facility, it is a huge housing development that goes against Aberdeenshire Council's planning policy.

"It's very disappointing."

LIZ CAMERON - SCOTTISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

"The Scottish Government have acted swiftly and decisively to approve this key project, and have made this announcement at a crucial time for our national economy.

"This is precisely the kind of strong leadership we expect from our devolved government."

PATRICK HARVIE - GREEN MSP

"The SNP have today signed the death warrant for a unique and irreplaceable part of Scotland's environment, and a heavy price will have to be paid for this obscene vanity project.

"The fact that this project has been approved in its entirety demonstrates a blatant disregard for the legal protections these dunes are under."

JONNY HUGHES - SCOTTISH WILDLIFE TRUST

"Government ministers have failed to deliver the sustainable part of their professed central purpose of 'sustainable economic growth'. This decision will mean needless destruction to a unique and nationally important site.

"The Scottish Wildlife Trust is now seeking clarification on the position and value of designated protected areas, as despite the site being of SSSI status this failed to prevent unsuitable development taking place on a habitat of conservation importance. We await a copy of planning approval conditions and to find out if the government has made any concessions to the environment as part of these."

IAIN MCMILLAN - CBI SCOTLAND

"CBI Scotland welcomed the Scottish Government's decision to call in the application and we warmly welcome today's announcement to approve the planning application.

"The business community supports major inward investment projects of the kind being offered by Trump and which are vital for Scotland's future prosperity."

KEN MASSIE - VISITSCOTLAND

"This development will help refresh Scotland's profile through the publicity it will generate and ancillary businesses will grow up around it.

"It is especially encouraging to see this level of investment given the go-ahead considering the current global economic climate and it shows the strength of appeal of the area."

ANDY WILLCOX - FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESS

"This is the right decision for the north east economy.

"The development will create jobs, not least in its construction. It will also extend the tourist season here in the north east and put Scotland back on the map as a place which is open for business."

HELEN MCDADE - JOHN MUIR TRUST

"This decision makes a mockery of the SNP government's commitment to sustainable development.

"The government's reasoning seems to be that it is OK to ignore any number of protections that are in place to safeguard Scotland's environment, provided there is a big enough buck to be made at the end of it."

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