A special meeting of Aberdeenshire council overwhelmingly backed Donald Trump’s plans for a £1billion golf resort in north-east Scotland this week.
Mr Trump’s spokesman, Mr. George Sorial said he was “very pleased and very grateful” for the council’s backing and that the support was a “very big step in the right direction”. Mr. Sorial had warned previously that failure by the council to endorse the plans could jeopardize the entire scheme. The meeting was largely symbolic however last week the Scottish government said it would have final say on the application after being previously rejected by a council committee on environmental grounds.
The council also voted to unseat Martin Ford as chair of the committee which, on his casting vote, rejected the application last time round.
The leader of the Scottish National party group on the council, Joanna Strathdee, said councilors needed to restore the business and wider community’s confidence in the planning process and show the world that north-east Scotland was open for business, environmental issues be damned.