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Trump golf course plan faces legal challenge

23 November 09 20:39 GMT

A pensioner has launched a legal challenge in a bid to stop Donald Trump building a golf course on her land.

Molly Forbes is seeking an interim interdict over the decision to grant planning permission for five pockets of land not owned by Mr Trump's company.

The company had previously said it did not require the land for its leisure and golf development in Aberdeenshire.

In a statement, Donald Trump said he intended to vigorously defend any challenge.

The case is being brought by the 84-year-old, from Menie, at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Papers lodged with the court claim Aberdeenshire Council did not determine the planning applications correctly, and that Trump Golf Links Scotland did not give enough information about why it now needs the land.

But Mr Trump said the claims were "misguided" and not based on fact.

'Think again'

He added: "Our applications have been the most scrutinised submissions in Scottish planning history and I am sure that the Aberdeenshire Council, which voted almost unanimously in support of them, is proud of their actions."

He accused Mrs Forbes's son Michael - a vocal opponent of the resort - of exploiting his elderly mother to further his cause.

Mrs Forbes, who has lived in her home on the Menie Estate for six years, said: "Mr Trump has been granted planning permission to demolish my home, but I do not wish to sell, and I do not wish to be forced out.

"My legal team will argue that Aberdeenshire Council have failed to follow correct procedures, and that the permissions granted therefore cannot stand.

"This is a major development by anyone's standards, including the formal standards set by the local authority, and as such they were obliged to refer decisions to the full council.

"They have failed in this obligation, and in their rush to allow the project to go ahead they have grievously let down local residents."

Mrs Forbes added: "I never expected in my life to face eviction from my home, let alone for a golf course.

"This is not a battle I would ever have sought, but Mr Trump and Aberdeenshire Council should know that I will never give up, and I urge them to think again."

Mrs Forbes is being represented by the Environmental Law Centre Scotland, a charity offering legal advice and help on environmental matters.

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