Scottish resort plans criticised

Architecture & Design Scotland (ADS) has criticised plans by billionaire property developer Donald Trump to build a Disneyworld-style golf resort in Aberdeenshire.

The billionaire’s New York-based company Trump Organisation has submitted plans to build “the world’s best golf course” in the windswept dunes near the coast. It claims the course will create 1,000 jobs in the area and plough £47m a year into the local economy. Design firm Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) was hired by the firm to submit a series of sketches for the resort to Aberdeenshire Council. WATG has worked on the Disney Corporation’s resorts and its sketches for the Scottish resort are of a similar style. Head of design review Angela Williams said, in a letter to the council, that she had “serious concerns” about the effect such a resort would have on the sensitive landscape. She urged the council not to grant outline planning permission for the designs, saying they “would not only have a negative impact on an area of high landscape value but would also devalue the Scottish architectural tradition that they attempt to emulate”.

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