Trump Organisation’s bid to change planning rules around golf resort fails

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The Trump Organisation’s attempts to create a new “coastal retreat” next to its Turnberry golf resort have suffered a setback after its bid to change the local planning framework was rejected.

Donald Trump’s company wants to build luxury holiday cottages and retirement homes on a 48-hectare coastal site in South Ayrshire.

The company hoped to change the council’s local development plan to accommodate the new properties but the request was refused by the Scottish Government’s planning reporters.

Mr Trump’s representatives are still expected to submit a planning application for the coastal retreat, a report in the Scotland on Sunday newspaper says.

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Donald Trump played at the course in 2018 (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Officials from the Scottish Government’s planning and environmental appeals division (DPEA) issued their report earlier this month.

It noted that Trump International sought to build around 200 new properties including shops and a cafe, which the company said would “boost the economy and provide high quality retirement housing and holiday/leisure accommodation”.

The reporters said the proposed development was within a “sensitive landscape” and would have a “significant impact”.

In her decision, the DPEA reporter said: “I find it difficult, therefore, to reconcile the importance given to discouraging further linear development and protecting the coastal landscape, with the introduction of what would essentially be a new settlement in this location.”

Another representation from Trump International sought to change the local development plan in order to support proposals which would “enhance the status of Turnberry and Royal Troon and Open Championship venues”.

This was also rejected by planning reporters.

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The 2018 visit prompted thousands to protest around the UK (Jane Barlow/PA)

Sarah Malone, executive vice-president of Trump International Scotland, said the organisation remained committed to investing in its Scottish sites.

She told Scotland on Sunday: “We have not yet made a formal application to develop the site at Turnberry but will do in due course.

“Our plans for Trump International in Aberdeenshire have not changed and will be brought forward over the next 12 months.”

Donald Trump visited Turnberry in 2018 and played a round of golf with his son Eric, who is the director of the company which runs the golf resort. His visit prompted thousands to protest around the UK.

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