AROUND 30 objections have been lodged so far against Donald Trump’s plans to establish a second golf course in the North-east.
The Trump Organisation unveiled detailed plans in September to create a new golf course at Balmedie’s Menie Estate which would be called The MacLeod Course.
Described as an “out and back” 18-hole course, the plans would see players sharing the clubhouse with golfers on the Championship course.
The proposed new course would consist of four par threes, nine par fours, and five par fives.
But despite receiving the backing from Aberdeenshire Council’s business development team, which said the new course would benefit the area following the downturn in the oil and gas industry, around 30 objections have been lodged against the plans, with many raising traffic concerns.
A decision will now be made by councillors on the local authority’s Formartine Area Committee.
Belhelvie Community Council, and neighbours who live near the Menie Estate, have submitted letters to Aberdeenshire Council, in addition to objections from as far afield as Fraserburgh.
In his letter on behalf of Belhelvie Community Council, Robert Livingstone said: “Belhelvie Community Council has grave concerns that this will lead to an intolerable volume of traffic entering and leaving Balmedie and undermine the efficiency of the new southern grade separated junction currently being built for Balmedie as part of the Balmedie to Tipperty dualling improvements.
“The community in Balmedie has waited decades for these improvements and a dim view should be taken of any threat to its efficiency, and to the apparent huge increase in traffic passing through the Balmedie settlement.”
A Trump spokeswoman said: “Trump International Golf Links has been applauded by the world’s greatest golfers and industry chiefs.
“The addition of a second course will further enhance the region’s reputation as a must-visit destination.”