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Turbines 'threaten' Trump plans

3 April 06 10:02 GMT

Plans by US billionaire Donald Trump to build a world class golfing centre in Aberdeenshire could be threatened by an offshore wind farm.

The £300m golf development for the Menie Estate could bring £150m to the local economy and create 400 jobs.

Mr Trump is said to be unhappy about plans for a wind farm off the coast of Aberdeen which would affect the view.

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) said it now hoped for a meeting on its plans with the Trump organisation.

Mr Trump searched Europe for a location for his new venture, and confirmed his plans on Friday.

He said: "I have never seen such an unspoilt and dramatic sea side landscape and the location makes it perfect for our development."

AREG hopes to build several wind turbines off the coast in a £100m project, south of the planned golf development.

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Planners will now have to assess the best way forward for the golf and offshore wind farm developments.

Iain Todd, of AREG, told BBC Scotland: "I do not think the problem is possibly as great as Mr Trump believes.

"What we would like to do is meet the Trump organisation and discuss our programme with them.

"Our design and layout are evolving all the time."

First Minister Jack McConnell has welcomed the golf plans, but Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) stressed the local countryside would have to be protected.

The centre would include two championship courses, a hotel and a holiday home complex.

The developers hope the planned course will one day host the sport's biggest competitions, including the Open.

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