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Donald Trump: Objection To Wind Farm Is 'For The Benefit Of Scotland'

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Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has said that he is "fighting for the benefit of Scotland" in objecting to plans for an offshore wind farm.

The US tycoon has written to First Minister Alex Salmond objecting to proposals to put up turbines near his luxury golf course.

In a second letter to Mr Salmond, he described wind turbines as "ugly" and said he wants to protect the Scottish coastline.

A planning application for an 11-turbine wind farm off Aberdeen Bay was submitted to Marine Scotland last month.

The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is a £150 million joint venture by utility company Vattenfall, engineering firm Technip and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.

The Trump Organisation filed its objection to the planning application on Wednesday.

Mr Trump wrote: "I know that our recent objection has caused a huge amount of publicity about the horrible idea of building ugly wind turbines directly off Aberdeen's beautiful coastline.

"Please understand that I am not fighting this proposal merely for the benefit of Trump International Golf Links. Instead I am fighting for the benefit of Scotland.

"Every location in the United States with a magnificent coastline - nothing compared to Scotland - has successfully defeated these horrendous looking, noisy and inefficient structures."

Mr Trump's £750 million development on the Menie estate on the coast is nearing completion after work began a year ago.

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