Spirit of enterprise stifled

From a Manhattan perspective, Donald Trump's frustration (your report, 29 February) is understandable. A public local enquiry over his plans for a five-star hotel, golf courses and homes at Menie Estate near Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, means at least another six months before the application can be determined. It raises questions about Scotland's attitude towards inward investment as well as the efficacy of the planning system.

The new legislation will provide some respite but will not dispel a reputation for bureaucratic delay, lack of business awareness and a tendency for officials and elected representatives to "dance on the head of a pin".

Economic growth depends on several factors: the right balance between public and private expenditure, a sympathetic approach towards the entrepreneur, a youthful, well-trained population, correct application of new technologies, low corporation tax and an ambitious approach towards attracting multinational corporations.

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Yes, the impact on the environment has to be monitored. Yes, the right to challenge the plans of large conglomerates should be paramount. But we must find a way of continuing these democratic traditions while enhancing the country's image not just as a business location but a place where initiative and enterprise are welcomed and encouraged.

BOB TAYLOR, Shiel Court, Glenrothes, Fife

I do not understand people in this country. Why are they allowing themselves to be intimidated by an arrogant American bully who doesn't give a damn about any environmental damage his development may cause (your report, 1 March)? If he did he would have modified his planning application. Just because we do not want our country ruined by damaging development should not mean that Scotland is closed for business, just that we are not that sad as to be browbeaten into accepting any rubbish offered; or do we want to be known as the country that is a walkover for any bully who fancies making money out of us?

I agree there is a problem with planners, few have any idea about or interest in the environment or the damage caused by bad development, and even if they have there is often pressure to ignore it. We should be proud of our heritage, be it cultural or environmental, not willing to destroy it at a whim, leaving nothing of what is special about our land.

M A PAULIN, Dalry, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire