Donald Trump brings campaign against windfarms to UK Supreme Court

He said the turbines would be a "monstrous" blight on the coastal landscape

Samuel Osborne@SamuelOsborne93
Thursday 08 October 2015 09:49
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Donald Trump has already lost a series of legal challenges against windfarms.
Donald Trump has already lost a series of legal challenges against windfarms.

US presidential contender Donald Trump has brought his campaign against windfarms to the UK's Supreme Court.

Mr Trump was furious when the Scottish government approved plans for a renewable energy development within sight of his multi-million pound development on the Menie Estate in the north-east of Scotland, the BBC reports.

He said the 11 turbines would be a "monstrous" blight on the coastal landscape.

After losing a series of legal challenges in the Scottish courts, he has now taken the case to the UK's Supreme Court in London.

Mr Trump previously accused Scotland's former first minister, Alex Salmond, of being biased in favour of the £230m project and skewing the approval process, The Guardian reports.

Three senior judges in Edinburgh ruled the allegations were unfounded and that he had no grounds for accusing Scottish ministers of illegally agreeing to license the offshore windfarm.

He has threatened to take his lawsuit to European courts if he loses in the Supreme Court.

"When I saw this piece of land I was overwhelmed by the imposing dunes and rugged Aberdeenshire coastline," a personal message on Mr Trump's golf course website reads. "I knew that this was the perfect site for Trump International, Scotland.

"I have never seen such an unspoiled and dramatic sea side landscape and the location makes it perfect for our development."

Mr Trump is not expected to attend the hearing, as he will likely be too busy campaigning in the presidential race.

Supreme Court judges are expected to deliver their verdict at a later date.

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