Donald Trump’s golf empire has unveiled massive expansion plans that will see 500 houses built on the President’s Aberdeenshire golf resort.
The £150 million proposals also include 50 cottages and a sports centre as well as shopping and equestrian facilities at the Menie estate near Balmedie.
Trump International has already been granted outline approval for the plans and full designs have now been submitted to local councillors.
The move is likely to prompt furious fresh divisions with locals, who have been embroiled in battles for years over the Trump empire’s expansion plans.
It also comes just days after the Trump enjoyed a two-day golfing stay at his other Scottish resort, Turnberry, in a visit that was funded by the US taxpayers.
The President’s business empire enjoyed a little boost as the US State Department handed over £58,750, apparently to cover the cost of his visit.
Today’s plans are the second phase of development at Trump International.
The first included a championship golf course, clubhouse and hotel.
The organisation has been accused of failing to deliver on promises of investment and jobs made when it was first granted permission in 2008.
But today it claimed the latest phase would support nearly 2,000 jobs across Aberdeenshire during construction, and provide nearly 300 permanent jobs.
Eric Trump, who now leads the Trump Organisation with his brother Donald Jr, said: "We own a truly phenomenal property along the coast of North East Scotland and remain fully committed to our long-term vision for the site.
"The timing is now right for us to release the next phase of investment and the significant economic benefits this brings.
"Initial interest to our plans have been incredible and, subject to detailed planning approval, we are aiming to break ground next year."
Sarah Malone, executive vice president of Trump International in Aberdeen, added: "We are delighted to unveil the plans we have been working on for the past few years.
"This is the second phase of our multi-phase development project which combines all three components of our original masterplan vision including five-star golf and leisure facilities, luxury hotel and resort accommodation and residential village.
"Improvements to the region’s infrastructure and recovery signs in the economy makes this the right time to drive forward this next major phase of development."
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