American US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has launched another appeal in the UK Supreme Court over his claim that the Scottish Government (allegedly) acted illegally by approving an 11-turbine offshore wind farm in Aberdeenshire – near his golf course.
The Republican tycoon – whose grandmother comes from Scotland – objected to the Scot-Govt. decision in March 2013 to proceed with the £230 million European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) scheme without holding a public inquiry.
The turbine farm – a joint venture by Vattenfall Windflower and Aberdeen Offshore Windfarm Limited, would yield enough electricity to power 68,000 UK households per year, according to Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG).
In June 2015, Lord Gill, Lord President of the Court of Session (the most senior judge in Scotland) ruled that the earlier decision had been legal and dismissed that appeal.
Trump immediately announced that he would take an appeal to the UK Supreme Court to overrule Gill in the Court of Session in Edinburgh and said at the time:
“The European Offshore Wind Development Centre proposal has languished in the planning system for more than 10 years and has a long way to go before construction can actually commence.
“Vattenfall, AREG and Technip <the developers> have long abandoned the project and it’s common knowledge that there is no money available for it to proceed.
“Despite today’s ruling, with no available money and the current political movement to end wind farm subsidies, it’s impossible to envision how this ill-conceived proposal will ever get built.”
This appears – then, and even more so now – to indicate that Trump is quite willing and apparently able to fund further expensive private civil litigation in the apparent hope that economic circumstances will transpire to sink the wind farm plan, and/or that he ultimately wins his legal fight.
Trump did not attend the Supreme Court hearing in London today as he is focused on his US presidential campaign. The proceedings are expected to endure for weeks – possibly even into early 2016.
Even if he loses this legal round in the UK, Trump has already pledged to carry on the legal battle in the European Court.
The EOWDC project developers declined to comment last night.