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Trump Organization’s attempt to change planning rules around golf resort fails

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Attempts by the Trump Organization to create a new “coastal retreat” next to its Turnberry golf resort have suffered a setback after its bid to change the local planning framework was rejected.

Former US President Donald Trump’s company wants to build luxury holiday homes and retirement homes on a 48-hectare coastal site in South Ayrshire.

The company hoped to amend the council’s local development plan to accommodate the new properties, but the request was refused by Scottish Government planning journalists.

Trump’s representatives are still expected to submit a planning application for the coastal retreat, Scotland said on Sunday.

Officials from the Scottish Government’s Planning and Appeals Division (DPEA) published their report earlier this month.

He noted that Trump International was looking to build around 200 new properties, including shops and a cafe, which the company said would “stimulate the economy and provide high-quality retirement and vacation/leisure accommodation”. .

Journalists said the proposed development was in a “sensitive landscape” and would have a “significant impact”.

The DPEA reporter said: ‘So I find it difficult to reconcile the emphasis on discouraging linear development and protecting the coastal landscape, with the introduction of what would essentially be new settlement there.’

Another representation from Trump International sought to amend the local development plan to support proposals that would “enhance the status of the Turnberry and Royal Troon and Open Championship venues.”

This was also rejected by planning journalists.

Sarah Malone, executive vice president of Trump International Scotland, said the organization remained committed to investing in its Scottish venues.

She told Scotland on Sunday: ‘We have not yet made a formal request to develop the Turnberry site, but we will do so in due course.

“Our plans for Trump International in Aberdeenshire have not changed and will be advanced over the next 12 months.”

Donald Trump visited Turnberry in 2018 and played a round of golf with his son Eric, who is the director of the company that runs the golf resort. His visit prompted thousands to protest across the UK.

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