Republican presidential candidate and property investor Donald Trump has been creating a great deal of hot air on the election trail, but now he’s had some removed by Britain’s highest court.
Five justices at the Supreme Court of the UK has rejected Trump’s request to prevent the construction of an offshore wind farm near his Trump International Golf Links that opened in 2012 near Balmedie and close to Aberdeen.
The New York Times reports that Trump has vowed to stop further development on the project if the offshore wind farm — 11 turbines, which would be visible from the golf resort 2.2 miles away — goes forward.
In a 27-page ruling, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom rejected an argument by Mr. Trump’s lawyers that the wind farm had been improperly approved by Scottish officials in March 2013 because it did not comply with a 1989 law and because there was a problem with the planning application.
The Supreme Court decision prompted an belligerent war of words between the outspoken mogul and the former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond, who branded Trump “three times a loser”, referring to the fact that he had suffered repeated defeats in the Scottish courts before taking his fight to the supreme court.
Donald Trump’s appeals had “at best postponed, and at worst jeopardised, a vital £200m boost for the economy of the north-east of Scotland”, Salmond told Scottish media.
Fergus Ewing, the Scottish energy minister, wrote on Twitter that the government was “pleased that the Supreme Court has unanimously found in our favor.”
In a statement, George A. Sorial, the executive vice president and counsel for The Trump Organization, Mr. Trump’s development company in New York, denounced the ruling as “extremely unfortunate for the residents of Aberdeen and anyone who cares about Scotland’s economic future.”
Mr. Sorial said the wind farm, known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Center, would “completely destroy the bucolic Aberdeen Bay and cast a terrible shadow upon the future of tourism for the area.”