Trump faces final UK court battle to overturn Grampian offshore wind farm plan

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

The UK supreme court will decide today (16 Dec 2015) whether to back US Republican party presidential candidate Donald Trump in his final legal bid to stop wind farms being built near his luxury Scottish golf resort.

Trump wants to reverse the decision by the Scottish Government to approve a planning application by Swedish utility Vattenfall to build 11 offshore wind turbines off Blackdog in Aberdeenshire because he believes they will spoil the view from the greens on his nearby golf complex.

Trump has already lost every previous legal battle in Scotland’s courts and his last chance to block the plans rests with the UK Supreme Court.

The SNP government in Edinburgh argues the $350 million European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre would boost the local economy and power 49,000 homes.

After his recent controversial US presidential campaign comments about Muslims and immigrants, Trump’s former friends in Scotland are turning their backs on him. Trumps’ Gaelic-speaking mother hailed from Stornoway and the tycoon often speaks with pride on being half-Scottish.

Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen said it would revoke an honorary degree it awarded Trump in 2010, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stripped him of his role as a Business Ambassador for Scotland.

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