Donald Trump and RSPB join forces to defeat wind turbine project that threatens golf resort

Donald Trump is not known for making friends in Scotland, particularly after his planned Aberdeenshire golf resort came under criticism from locals.

But the billionaire businessman has found an unlikely friend in the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland.

The American tycoon has joined forces with the charity to oppose a development of 11 turbines in Aberdeen Bay, which he claims is a 'disastrous and environmentally irresponsible' project.

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Opposition: Donald Trump is against the building of 11 wind turbines near his golf resort

Trump and the RSPB had previously locked horns over the charity's opposition to his £750million golf resort, but seem to have put their differences aside to campaign against the wind turbines.

The proposals, put forward by Marine Scotland, would see 640ft structures built along the coast, within sight of Trump's luxury resort.

The RSPB also argues that the £150million project could harm rare birds such as the common scoter and red-throated diver.

Ian Francis, RSPB Scotland area manager for north-east Scotland, said: 'From an early stage, we have held many discussions with the developers, and we acknowledge the efforts they have made to reduce its scale and change the layout of the turbines, which has helped.

'However, more planning, research and monitoring is needed to ensure we truly understand the impact this site may have on local birds.

'The bay is an important area for many species. Since this is a European-funded test centre, it is crucial that a thorough research programme is developed to help understand how this and the many forthcoming offshore wind farms can reduce their impacts on birds and other marine wildlife.'

Sand Dunes at Balmedie and Menie, an area being developed as a Golf Course by Donald Trump

Haven: The coastal land near Trump's Menie resort is a home to rare birds

The charity has previously criticised Trump's plans to build 'The world's greatest golf course', but has welcomed his stance on the turbines.

Trump said: 'There are serious issues with this wind centre - it's badly sited and will have a detrimental impact on tourism and other important businesses operating in the area.'

The championship course at Trump's development on the Menie Estate had already been completed and is due to welcome golfers next July. But he claims the rest of the project - a £250 million luxury hotel, 950 holiday homes and 500 houses - would be 'at risk' if the wind farm goes ahead.

The turbines would be visible from the development and would be just one and a half miles from the coast.

Trump's objection sates: 'The reality is that this wind farm will significantly impact on our resort to the extent that the remaining parts will be at risk.

'There is no way that any international hotel operator will commit to developing a world-class hotel overlooking what will be an offshore industrial facility.'

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