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Donald Trump's 1bn golf masterplan submitted

16 February 10 16:30 GMT

The detailed masterplan for Donald Trump's £1bn golf resort has been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council.

The US tycoon's plans for Menie, north of Aberdeen, have divided opinion for several years.

Mr Trump said of the submission: "This is another significant step towards our goal of building the world's greatest golf course and resort."

The drawings and plans will be shown at a public exhibition at the Udny Arms Hotel in Newburgh on 12 and 13 March.

The masterplan includes detailed environmental, landscaping, construction and infrastructure plans.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: "We can confirm we have received a masterplan for the Menie development, along with a related application for the championship golf course element of the scheme.

"These documents are required as part of conditions outlined in the original planning consent, and will now be assessed by planners in consultation with various statutory bodies and others.

"Members of the public will also have the chance to view and comment on the plans."

He went on: "The Trump Organisation has also lodged a 'proposal of application notice', a document that is required at least 12 weeks in advance of a developer lodging a major planning application.

"It is our understanding that the Trump Organisation intends to resubmit its application for the championship golf course aspect of the development.

"The notice, and any application for planning permission that follows, will be considered in line with the usual planning policies and procedures."

The Tripping Up Trump campaign group said it would support families whose homes were under threat by the plans.

Aberdeenshire councillors earlier agreed to enter into negotiations with the Trump Organisation over the sale of land wanted for its golf resort.

Members of the Formartine area committee agreed to make the company a "special purchaser" due to the economic benefits the resort could bring.

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