Trump opposes plan for windfarm

The US billionaire Donald Trump has criticised a plan to build an offshore windfarm near his luxury golf resort in Scotland.

A planning application for an 11-turbine wind farm off Aberdeen Bay was submitted on Friday. The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is a £150m joint venture.

In a statement, Mr Trump said: "When I first became involved with our billion-pound development, I was repeatedly promised, as an incentive for us to proceed, that wind turbines would not be destroying and distorting the magnificent coastline.

"Many places, such as Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and numerous others, have rejected these so-called wind farms because they are unsightly and noisy."

The windfarm planning application seeks permission for work to start on its construction and operation. David Rodger, spokesman for the project, said: "We have been in regular contact with the Trump Organisation and acknowledge the concern raised.

"We have made a strong case for the environmental and economic benefits of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre as a centre of global research and development for offshore wind, and as such it is of strategic importance to Aberdeen and Scotland's renewable energy ambitions.

"The project is now subject to a formal consultation and decision-making process."