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Court Rejects Trump's Effort to Block Wind Farm

Newspaper article International New York Times

Court Rejects Trump's Effort to Block Wind Farm

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The Supreme Court turned down an attempt by Mr. Trump to block the construction of turbines near his luxury golf resort in northeast Scotland.

Britain's highest court unanimously rejected on Wednesday an attempt by Donald J. Trump, the real estate developer and Republican presidential candidate, to block the construction of a wind farm near his luxury golf resort in northeast Scotland.

The ruling is the latest impediment for the resort, known as Trump International Golf Links, which opened in 2012 near Balmedie, a few miles north of Aberdeen, despite significant opposition from the local community.

Mr. Trump has vowed to stop further development on the project if the offshore wind farm -- 11 turbines, which would be visible from the golf resort 2.2 miles away -- goes forward.

In a 27-page ruling, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom rejected an argument by Mr. Trump's lawyers that the wind farm had been improperly approved by Scottish officials in March 2013 because it did not comply with a 1989 law and because there was a problem with the planning application.

Fergus Ewing, the Scottish energy minister, wrote on Twitter that the government was "pleased that the Supreme Court has unanimously found in our favor."

In a statement, George A. Sorial, the executive vice president and counsel for The Trump Organization, Mr. Trump's development company in New York, denounced the ruling as "extremely unfortunate for the residents of Aberdeen and anyone who cares about Scotland's economic future."

Mr. Sorial said the wind farm, known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Center, would "completely destroy the bucolic Aberdeen Bay and cast a terrible shadow upon the future of tourism for the area."

He added: "History will judge those involved unfavorably, and the outcome demonstrates the foolish, small-minded and parochial mentality which dominates the current Scottish government's dangerous experiment with wind energy."

Mr. …

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