A hearing is to be held next month into controversial plans to build more than 500 homes near Donald Trump’s north-east golf course.
Scheduled for December 12, it will discuss the planning application for the new development at the Menie estate near Balmedie.
Trump International Golf Links Ltd lodged plans in July to build 550 homes, including 50 hotel cottages, community facilities, shops, offices and associated infrastructure.
Known as pre-determination hearings, these are a formal process allowing those who have already submitted valid representations, as well as the applicant and consultees, to express their views to councillors before any decision is taken.
It also provides an opportunity for councillors to seek clarity on the plans so they are fully informed.
More than 3,000 letters of objection have been submitted against the plans, with concerns over the lack of affordable or social housing.
However, the Trump Estate predicted the proposals would lead to 2,000 construction jobs, almost 300 full-time posts and generate £250 million for the region’s economy.
Councillors will visit the site prior to the hearing at 2pm but will not hear arguments for or against the proposals during the visit.
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Although no decision will be made on the application at the hearing, it will be minuted and all points raised will be placed before the Formartine Area Committee when it discusses it, before passing its view to the full council. The hearing will be held at 6pm at Ellon Community Campus.
The planning service is working on acknowledging representations made and will be contacting everyone who submitted a valid response separately.
Anyone who has made a valid representation on the planning application and wishes to speak at the hearing should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Copies of the reports to be presented at the hearing, letters of representation received and pre-determination hearing procedures will be available online or from the Formartine area office on the week before the hearing.
Details of the site visit will be posted on the council website prior to the visit.