Hotel magnate Donald Trump is due to make another court appearance in his long-running battle against the Scottish Government’s policy in support of wind farms.
His Trump Organisation has applied to be allowed to join a court hearing against a decision in the Court of Session to approve the go-ahead for the £550 million Viking energy wind farm in Shetland.
The Trump Organisation is meanwhile awaiting the judicial verdict on its eponymous chief’s appeal against the proposed offshore windfarm at Aberdeen Bay – near to its new golf course and resort hotel development at Balmedie.
Judge Lord Menzies said the Trump Organisation would be ‘expected to make its case’ for being allowed to join the 100-turbine Viking wind farm appeal before a panel of three judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh on 3 December.
Last month, pressure group Sustainable Shetland won its case against the Viking scheme with the Court ruled that the Scottish Government had broken an EU Birds Directive in failing to properly account for Shetland’s rare birdlife when it first gave its approval for the wind farm plan to proceed.
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing granted consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 for a 103 turbine wind farm in Shetland. There were more than 2,000 objections from individuals – most of them locals – as well as from the RSPB, the John Muir Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage. The Minister declined to comment today on these ongoing actions.
But a Sustainable Shetland spokesman said: “We continue to oppose this development because we believe a windfarm of this scale is wrong for Shetland. We believe that the granting of consent in the face of strong environmental arguments sets a dangerous precedent for the rest of Scotland.”