Donald Trump given go-ahead for Aberdeen hotel expansion

The Trump Organisation was given planning consent by councillors last year to extend the B-listed building but progress had stalled as the finer details were agreed. Picture: TSPL
The Trump Organisation was given planning consent by councillors last year to extend the B-listed building but progress had stalled as the finer details were agreed. Picture: TSPL
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DONALD Trump has been given the go-ahead to extend the boutique hotel at the heart of one of his flagship Scottish golf courses.

Representatives for the controversial Republican presidential candidate have come to an agreement with Aberdeenshire Council over the expansion to MacLeod House - the centrepiece of the tycoon’s golf resort just outside of Aberdeen.

The Trump Organisation was given planning consent by councillors last year to extend the B-listed building but progress had stalled as the finer details were agreed.

The proposed changes include adding a 450-person function suite, six additional bedrooms, an outdoor terrace, gym, kitchen facilities and a 79-space car park to the hotel.

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Some of the concerns raised in the 10 objections to the proposed expansion include the scale and impact the building work could have on 17th century MacLeod House.

However local authority planning officials found in favour of Mr Trump.

Aberdeenshire Council’s head of planning and building standards Robert Gray said: “Trump International Golf Club is now an established tourist facility and the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan promotes tourist developments provided they are carefully located, sited and designed to provide high quality facilities, which fit successfully into the environment.”

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He added: “It is considered that the development accords with the relevant policies of the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2012, in that the proposal will not unacceptably impact on the character of the landscape and the scale and design will not have a detrimental impact on the character and amenity of the built environment of the surrounding area.”

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