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Trump rejection welcomed

Last modified: 29 November 2007

Menie Estate Foveran Links SSSI

Aberdeenshire Council's infrastructure committee has voted to reject Donald Trump's proposed golf course and housing development.

Commenting on the news, a spokesman for RSPB said: 'We are grateful that the Aberdeenshire Council infrastructure committee has recognised the need to protect the Foveran Links SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) in refusing their approval of the Trump International Golf Links development at Menie Estate. 

'Scotland's most valuable biodiversity and habitats, such as the wild and untamed sand dunes at Menie, should be protected for the benefit of people and wildlife for generations to come.

'The back nine holes of one of the courses would have destroyed irreplaceable sand dune habitats'

'We are delighted that this has been acknowledged, and that the destruction of part of Aberdeenshire's beautiful unspoilt coastline has been recognised as too high a price to pay for this development. We hope that Scotland will continue to offer and promote the best golf courses in the world, but not at this expense.'

Two championship golf courses, 1,500 houses, 36 golf villas and 450-room hotel are included in the rejected development proposal. The back nine holes of one of the courses would have destroyed irreplaceable sand dune habitats that are part of the Foveran Links Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The latest decision overrules the approval given by the Formartine Area planning Committee on Tuesday 20 November.

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