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The Trump Organisation will find out shortly whether its £150m plans for a 550+ unit village known as the 'Trump Estate' will get the go-ahead from @Aberdeenshire. Here's my story from last summer when @realDonaldTrump's firm announced the initiative: scotsman.com/news-2-15012/t…
@Aberdeenshire @realDonaldTrump The project has been swirling around the council's planning system for some considerable time, and it's been subject to extensive criticism from several of the council's internal depts as well as external agencies.
@Aberdeenshire @realDonaldTrump Back in October, the Trump Org was told it had contribute £5m for affordable housing as part of the scheme. It'll also have to foot the bill for a new primary school. scotsman.com/news/politics/…
@Aberdeenshire @realDonaldTrump The Trump Org's Aberdeenshire subsidiary also had to redraw the housing plans. Again, here's a story I wrote at the time: scotsman.com/news/politics/…
@Aberdeenshire @realDonaldTrump But the big issue is how this development compares to Trump's decade old plans for the area. A senior exec at the council's previously said the new blueprints are a "weak substitute" and weighted heavily towards private housing: scotsman.com/news/politics/…
@Aberdeenshire @realDonaldTrump And while the decision whether to approve Trump's development centres on material planning matters, it's worth remembering that 21,639 people have objected to his plans. 3 (three) have supported it.
@Aberdeenshire @realDonaldTrump The Trump Org's proposal for a second golf course at its inaugural Scottish resort was approved by the same council earlier this week. scotsman.com/news/environme…
@Aberdeenshire @realDonaldTrump Councillor Martin Ford, a longstanding critic of Trump's, says he will not be taking part in the vote on the Trump Estate. He says the Aberdeenshire area has already suffered from its association with Donald Trump and his "incitement to violence, racism and misogyny."
@Aberdeenshire @realDonaldTrump Sarah Malone, executive vice president of Trump International Golf Links (Trump's inaugural Scottish resort) is expected to speak shortly.
@Aberdeenshire @realDonaldTrump While we're waiting, here is the Trump Org's website for the Trump Estate development it's trying to build. It's billed as an "unparalleled setting to live, rest and play": thetrumpestate.com
@Aberdeenshire @realDonaldTrump The Trump Org has a v experienced lawyer in its corner for the hearing - Mark McMurray, a partner with Edinburgh firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro. He's considered an expert in planning matters, in particular major contentious developments.
@Aberdeenshire @realDonaldTrump Sarah Malone, exec VP of Trump International Scotland, tells the hearing: “Trump homes will be sold with golf, leisure [memberships] and other social options” allowing the Trump Org to being something “entirely new” to the marketplace.
@Aberdeenshire @realDonaldTrump Decision expected on Trump Estate in a minute or two ...
@Aberdeenshire @realDonaldTrump BREAKING: The Trump Organisation's controversial 550 home Trump Estate development next to its inaugural Scottish golf course has been approved
@Aberdeenshire @realDonaldTrump If you're involved in working on the Trump Estate plans, and want to share some info in confidence, my DMs are open. Encrypted email martynmcl@protonmail.com. Full story online shortly.
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