Trump’s £5m clubhouse plan recommended for approval

Plans to create a new £5 million clubhouse at Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf resort have now been recommended for approval.

Trump International Golf Links has applied for planning permission to replace its temporary clubhouse at the championship Menie Links with a permanent structure and Aberdeenshire Council officers have recommended the plans are passed.

Mr Trump has said it would be “disrespectful” not to give the course the building it deserves.

Trump International initially received planning permission from the council for a permanent clubhouse in 2012, and opened a temporary structure in July that year.

Permission is now being sought for a smaller clubhouse than the previous model, as consent for the temporary one will expire next year.

The clubhouse sits between the 1st tee and 18th green of the championship course.

In a design statement for the plans, the firm stated: “The Trump Organisation remains fully committed to protecting its investment and ensuring the course and facilities built to date operate to their full potential.

“Although the Trump Organisation is prepared to proceed with the hotel and residential components within the resort, the extensive plans for future phases of the development are, however, currently on hold until the threat of the proposed industrial energy plant – European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre – is totally removed.”

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