Donald Trump loses legal battle against offshore wind project

The Scottish Government has defeated Donald Trump in a legal battle that has involved the tycoon challenge plans for a new offshore wind farm in Aberdeenshire.

Trump has been opposed to the construction of the £230m European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) since plans were approved in 2011, which would have “negative impact” on the view from the US tycoon’s golf course.

Trump launched a legal case last year against the Scottish Government who approved plans for the project put forward by Vattenfall, Technip and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG).

During the legal challenge, Trump has been in dispute with First Minister Alex Salmond for approving the plans and Lord Alan Sugar, who hosts the UK version of the Apprentice TV show, for his outbursts against his US counterpart.

Today, however, Trump lost his long running legal challenge after Scottish judge Lord Doherty agreed that Salmond “was entitled to grant consent” for the project and that the Scottish Government’s decision to go against a judicial review was correct.

Commenting on the result, WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: “This result is great news for Scotland and for all those interested in cutting climate emissions and creating jobs.

“It’s good to know that despite all his bluster, the courts saw right through Trump’s flimsy, misguided attempts to frustrate Scotland’s ambition to create clean power and green jobs. We hope Mr Trump will now stop wasting any more time and money on this case.

“Scotland is home to a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind resource. Studies estimate that Scotland’s offshore wind industry could create 28,000 jobs by 2020 and contribute over £7 billion of investment to the economy,” added Banks.

Leigh Stringer

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