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Donald Trump to build Scottish golf resort

Donald Trump wants to build a $1.9 billion golf resort in Scotland.

Trump offered plans Monday for a golf academy and two championship-standard courses on a 1,400-acre site near Aberdeen.

Trump, whose mother was born in Scotland, wants to build 1,000 homes, 36 luxury villas and a 450-bedroom luxury hotel on the same site. Local officials are expected to make a decision on the project in June.

Environmental groups oppose the development, which is planned for the environmentally sensitive Menie Estate, an area of unspoiled sandy beaches.

"We will do the best we can to incorporate the most responsible development, economically, environmentally and aesthetically," Trump spokesman Ashley Cooper said.

Trump, who owns several golf courses in the United States, has already warned that any lengthy planning delays could lead to the cancellation of the project. He also objected to a proposed offshore wind farm, saying it would ruin the view.

Alan Campbell, head of the Aberdeenshire Council, welcomed Trump's interest.

"Such an investment could have the potential to deliver huge benefits," Campbell said.



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