DONALD Trump has announced he will build a second golf course in Aberdeenshire – despite having withdrawn the planning application last year.
The billionaire tycoon has been at war with the developers of an offshore windfarm which he said would spoil the view.
His plans for a second 18-hole course at Menie Estate were shelved after he lost a court battle to stop the energy development.
But now Mr Trump, who has indicated he might run for president in 2016, says the course is back on the table.
In an interview to be published in April’s edition of Today’s Golfer Trump said: “I will build a second course in Aberdeen.
“I held off building the planned second course and hotel because of the offshore windmills, but that’s a battle I’m winning.
“I’m in court to stop them because I don’t want them to blight a magnificent landscape like they have elsewhere in Scotland.
“I did Scotland a big favour, believe me.”
Commenting on the offshore windfarm plans executive vice-president of the Trump Organisation, George Sorial, said: “This application has been languishing in the planning process for more than a decade and the technology has become obsolete.”
But a spokesman for Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited, the company behind to development, said project partners are “continuing to progress” the European Offshore Wind Development Centre.
He added: “With any developments of this size, there are challenges which are factored into the schedule as the project partners work towards seeing the scheme come to fruition.”