The billionaire tycoon, who paid a flying visit to Scotland earlier this month, has applied for planning permission five times in the last 18 months for construction work he has already carried out. He is now being asked to submit a sixth request for retrospective permission.
The applications for Menie Estate on the Aberdeenshire coast include a 141-space car park, a temporary clubhouse, two converted guesthouses with 21 bedrooms, office accommodation, an elaborate fountain, two illuminated signs and a large earthen embankment.
Though the council has approved the five applications, it has decided for the first time to express concern about Trump’s behaviour. Since his £750 million resort was originally given planning permission in November 2008, Aberdeenshire Council has been an unswerving supporter of Trump’s golfing developments.
But a recent meeting of the council’s Formartine Area Committee agreed without opposition to write to the Trump Organisation to express “dissatisfaction with the number of retrospective planning applications”. Eleven councillors sit on the committee, including five nationalists, two conservatives, two liberal democrats and two independents.