Councillors defer planning decision on Trump golf course car park

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Car park: The facility serves Donald Trump's golf course at Menie.SNS

Councillors will visit a car park at Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf course before deciding if the tycoon will be forced to make changes to it.

Trump International Golf Links has submitted a retrospective application for the car park’s construction.

It has already been built but did not comply with original planning permission and drew four objections.

A report to Aberdeenshire Council’s Formartine area committee on Tuesday said that while the car park is “not as attractive” as the previously-approved design, it is not considered inappropriate for the site.

Committee chairman Rob Merson called for the further site visit to allow the committee to see for themselves how the car park differed from the original planning permission and in particular the installed lighting scheme.

The application, which is recommended for approval by planners, will come before a future meeting of the committee.

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