Trump trumped in Scottish wind farm case

Donald Trump’s attempt to halt plans for a Scottish wind farm have come crashing down. The American business tycoon brought a legal case against the Scottish Government for not holding […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Donald Trump’s attempt to halt plans for a Scottish wind farm have come crashing down.

The American business tycoon brought a legal case against the Scottish Government for not holding public inquiry.

He was unhappy the offshore wind farm would be built in view of his planned golf resort.

But yesterday a judge in the Scottish Courts ruled the Trump legal team failed to show it was “unreasonable” for Scotland’s First Alex Salmond not to hold a public inquiry.

Evidence put forward by the Trump team included comments allegedly made by the First Minister overheard by a blogger on a press trip. In the blog, it was reported Mr Salmond objected to the magnate trying to dictate “my energy policy”.

According to court papers, judge Lord Doherty said any claim the Trump lawyers made that they had a “legitimate expectation to a public inquiry was no more than bald assertion; no attempt was made to set out the necessary legal and factual basis for it.”

A spokeswoman for the Trump Organisation said: “[The] decision has not altered our unwavering commitment to protect our investment in Scotland.

“We are reviewing Lord Doherty’s decision and will pursue the legal options available to us as recommended by our counsel,” reported the Aberdeen Evening Express.