In his bid to become the next US president, Donald Trump has been accused of insulting Muslims and Mexicans, offending women and mocking the disabled. But now The National can reveal that he’s really done it: he has slightly upset Aberdeenshire Council.
The council has ruled that two 24-metre flagpoles erected by the property billionaire at his luxury golf resort at Menie on the northeast coast have broken planning rules. Officials say he will have to apply for retrospective planning permission to “regularise” them - or else.
Trump has asked for planning permission to do something he has already done at Menie seven times since 2012. According to the council’s planning database, he has applied for retrospective permission for signs, a soakaway, a fountain, walls, a car park, a bag drop and accommodation.
The two flagpoles, both flying the Saltire, prompted a complaint to the council in October by local resident, Chris Edwards. He pointed out that the council had previously rejected planning applications for flagpoles because they were too high and would be visible for miles.
Aberdeenshire Council launched an investigation, and sent officials to inspect the site. “These flagpoles would not benefit from permitted development rights and therefore constitute a breach of planning control,” enforcement officer Robin Currie told Edwards.
He added: “However the planning service are of the view that the position could be regularised by the retrospective submission of planning applications for these flagpoles.”