PLANS to expand Donald Trump’s five-star North-east hotel have been approved.
Formartine area councillors backed plans by the Trump Organisation to extend MacLeod House and Lodge, to include a luxury ballroom and banquet hall, plus six additional hotel rooms.
Other additions to the B-listed building next to the Trump International Golf Links will include an outdoor terrace, gym, additional kitchen facilities and a car park.
A spokesman for the Trump Organisation said: “We are delighted that our plans for an extension to MacLeod House have been approved.”
The proposals had attracted 10 objections.
Alice Dennis, of neighbouring Pettens Farm, Balmedie, said: “This is a quiet, beautiful part of the countryside and I feel such a large building is out of keeping with this character and the environment around here.”
Other concerns raised included the impact on wildlife and claims the plans detracted from the listed building.
But director of infrastructure services at Aberdeenshire Council, Stephen Archer, said: “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.”