Trump's Plan for Scottish Golf Course Moves Ahead

Trump and his supporters have a few more hurdles to overcome before calling victory. Next up is the Aberdeenshire Council's infrastructure committee meeting, Nov. 29. If the plan passes, it will then be brought before the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, where ministers will decide whether to allow building part of the golf course over Scottish Natural Heritage sand dunes.

Last month, Trump's project director, Neil Hobday, said the dunes were crucial to the success of the golf project.

"If we didn't get it," Hobday told ABC News, "I think we'd have to think very carefully on whether we want to continue with the project."

Ministers can make an instantaneous decision, or call for a public inquiry. But Trump has found support among Aberdeen's business leaders, not least of which is the hotel industry. "The plan will bring people to our hotels and to Scotland in general," said Jim Byers, chairman of the Aberdeen Hotels Association. "It will guarantee steady business for at least the next five years."

Similar support from the Chamber of Commerce makes blocking the plan very unlikely. "It would be true to say that I am not optimistic that the Scottish ministers will bring it to public inquiry," Storr told ABC News.

For David Milne (no relation to James and Alex Milne), whose house borders the Trump estate, the prospect of seeing an eight-story resort rise at the end of his backyard is becoming very real. "We had a chance, we had a very good chance," he told us of the vote, "but councillors chose the easy way out, handing over the countryside lock, stock, and barrel to the developers."

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