Trump on the sand dunes of the Menie estate in 2010. Photograph: David Moir/ Reuters
But Aberdeenshire council has told the Guardian that when he does seek permission for the new houses and vacation flats, the council will expect him to spend up to 15 m on new affordable homes and potentially a new school in the nearest village, Balmedie.
Those expenses were tied to Trumps original 2008 scheme under a legally binding segment 75 agreement. If his next planning application is different, the council tells it will insist on a new binding commitment to build affordable homes, a spokesman said. Aberdeenshire council has advised the agents acting on behalf of the members of TIGCS that affordable housing would be required as part of any new proposal, he said.
Trumps critics believe this demand is likely to spark off a further series of conflicts with the tycoon. There have already been fresh disputes over Trumps refusal to uphold another key part of the section 75 agreement from 2008, to have an expert group of environmentalists advise him on the conservation of rare and protected plant and animal species affected by the development.
The Menie Environmental Monitoring Advisory Group included Scottish Natural Heritage( SNH) and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency( Sepa) but it last is in conformity with January 2013. Tumps officials have now had reaffirmed that the advisory group has fulfilled its purpose and been closed down.
Council records also indicate TIGCS has meanwhile been building without first get planning approving facilities including the overhaul and alterations of Menie House to create the hotel; new entryway walls and distinctive Trump-branded black and gold entryway signs on the A90 main road; two 25 -metre-high flagpoles; a stone golf bag store; a soakaway for sewage runoff; illuminating and earthworks for building the clubhouse carpark.
In nearly all these cases the council dedicated Trump retrospective planning permission. In a rare case where council officials rejected an application, Trump was ordered to remove one 25 -metre high flag pole, which towers over the dunes and was erected without approving at the courses club house. Its removal is now the subject of an appeal.
Trumps organisation is adamant that its investment has been worthwhile, attracting tens of thousands of golfers from around the globe to the north-east of Scotland. It tells: It plays a vital part in the regions golf, leisure and tourism industry, and with the drastic downturn in the oil industry, Mr Trumps investment in the sector has never been more important.
This property is a long-term investment project, his spokesperson said. There are many more phases to come, including further luxury accommodation, a residential village, second golf course, banqueting facilities and other high-end leisure amenities.
James Bream, a research and policy director for Aberdeenshire tourism board, believes the opening of the first course in 2012 has increased tourism and devoted north-east Scotland a far higher-profile in the golfing world, helping its economy spread beyond a reliance on North Sea oil. We think this type and quality of development were critical, Bream said.
That was likely a factor in the decision to build a new 80m course at Ury near Stonehaven, designed by Jack Nicklaus. Hotelier seem significant fans of Trumps investment. As a golfer, its incredible, Bream said. Its a fantastic first-class golf experience. Weve plenty of these in Scotland but to have one in the north-east of Scotland is something to be proud of.
Vic Henderson, 87, a retired groundsman who worked for the previous owned of the Menie estates and live in a terraced cottage overlooking the course, has a framed thank-you letter from Trump on his wall: Henderson wrote to a local paper defending the resort in 2007. When I first came here, there was just 40 acres of windblown sand between me and the sea, Henderson said. Its an absolutely wonderful course. Its tremendous and, as for the carry-on and people from away down south saying it would disturb the wildlife, theres more wildlife than ever. Its good.