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Donald Trump brings campaign against windfarms to UK Supreme Court

Contributed by on October 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm

US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is bringing his fight against an offshore wind farm project in Scotland near his Aberdeenshire golf course to the UK Supreme Court.

Supreme Court officials do not expect the billionaire to be at the hearing.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) project is a joint venture by Vattenfall Wind Power and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, who say the turbines would be capable of yielding enough electricity to power 68,000 United Kingdom households over a year.

Construction on the wind farm is expected to begin later this year with connection to the grid occurring in 2017.

Although the Scottish government gave him the green light to build the 18-hole course and a five-star hotel in 2010, it did not share his opposition to the turbines off Aberdeen Bay.

Trump is concerned about the impacts on his onshore golf complex at Menie. “I have never seen such an unspoiled and dramatic seaside landscape and the location makes it ideal for our development”, the message reads. The magnate and his legal team argued that the planning decision taken by the government to approve the turbines was unlawful.

Donald Trump is on the rampage, and this time it’s on British shores. In earlier rounds of this case, Trump accused Scotland’s former first minister, Alex Salmond, of skewing the approval process in favor of the large and expensive project. The golf course was built on top of ancient sand dunes that Scotland had declared a site of special scientific interest, and locals have raised concerns about the resort affects wildlife in the area.