The Scottish Government recognizes climate change will have far reaching effects on Scotland’s economy, its people and its environment and is determined to play its part in rising to this challenge, writes the Scottish Government. A low carbon society makes sense for Scotland. Saving money on household bills makes sense for Scotland. Positioning ourselves at the forefront of new economic opportunities makes sense for Scotland. Protecting our natural environment makes sense for Scotland. And the opportunity for a healthier lifestyle makes sense for Scotland. By Amber Archangel
The 11 turbine scheme located off the Aberdeen coast will have an installed capacity of up to 100MW, and over twelve months would be capable of yielding, on average, enough clean, green electricity to power the equivalent of over 68,000 UK households. The aim is to commence offshore construction in 2015, as reported by Vattenfall.
Donald Trump opposes windfarm plans for Aberdeenshire
Donald Trump tells John MacKay of STV’s Scotland Tonight why he objects to the proposed windfarm off the coast of his multi-million pound golf resort – Trump International Golf Links – in Aberdeenshire.
Proposed golf course and resort development on land at Menie House, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire
Description of the development
The proposal is for a golf resort comprising two 18-hole courses, a clubhouse and ancillary facilities, a 450-room hotel with conference centre and spa, 950 holiday apartments in 4 blocks, 36 ‘golf villas’, 500 houses for sale, accommodation for 400 staff, road access and parking.
The case for Trump International Golf Links Scotland
The applicant aims to create a world-class golf course capable of hosting major championships. This requires part of the course to be sited within the SSSI, where the dune topography is at its most dramatic. A course which avoided the SSSI would not achieve the applicant’s ambitions, and the development would not proceed on that basis. Stabilisation of major areas of mobile sand dune would be unavoidable. The consequent loss of considerable geomorphological interest is acknowledged. There would also be some loss of habitats and the Menie (Links) Environmental Management Advisory Group would be set up to provide expert advice on implementation.
The rest of the resort development, including a five-star hotel with conference facilities, is necessary to support the championship course; but the resort would not, on its own, provide a sufficient return to justify the required investment. The applicant proposes to build 500 houses for sale, allowing the overall target return to be achieved. Construction cost of the whole development could exceed £1 billion. The applicant estimates that it would bring major benefits for the local and Scottish economy, with an estimated 4,694 net full-time equivalent construction jobs (on a one-year basis) and 1,237 net full-time equivalent jobs from ongoing operations, both at the Scotland level.
The petition for judicial review hearing will take place from 12 November, and last for four days, at the Scottish Court of Session. As reported by WindPowerOffshore.