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Effort to bunker Trump golf plan goes off course

Mrs Molly Forbes
Mrs Forbes wants to stop Mr Trump building on her land

A pensioner's legal challenge to stop Donald Trump building his £1bn golf resort on her land in Aberdeenshire has been thrown out of court.

US tycoon Mr Trump hopes to build the world's greatest golf resort at Menie, north of Aberdeen.

Molly Forbes asked for an interim interdict to halt the work while she challenged the way Aberdeenshire Council granted planning permission.

She was denied in a written ruling at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Mr Trump said: "I am honoured by the decision of the court. We are now starting construction on what will soon be the greatest golf course anywhere in the world."

Mrs Forbes can continue her legal challenge through a judicial review of the planning decisions which gave the golf complex the go-ahead.

On track

No date has yet been fixed for a further hearing.

Meanwhile, the Trump Organisation has said it is still on track to submit a masterplan for its golf and housing scheme by the end of the month.

After being submitted, Aberdeenshire Council will spend several months going over the plans making sure they meet certain conditions.

The Scottish government gave permission for the bid, subject to final approval.

It is understood the main contractor picked to build the championship golf course could be announced in the coming weeks.

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