Supreme Court: Trump v Scottish Ministers
Donald Trump case at the UK Supreme Court today. On 1 August 2011 Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited applied for consent under the Electricity Act 1989 for the construction and operation of an electricity generating station called the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, to be located in Aberdeen Bay, 1-2 km off the coast of Blackdog, Aberdeenshire.
On 26 March 2013 Scottish Ministers granted consent for the wind farm, subject to conditions. One condition requires the submission of a detailed Design Statement to the respondents for approval prior to commencement of the development. Menie Golf Course (owned by Trump International) is situated within 3.5 km of the nearest proposed wind turbine, and has opposed the construction of the wind farm. They brought proceedings saying the Scottish Ministers’ decision was unlawful. Trump’s petition for judicial review was dismissed by the Outer House of the Court of Session. A Reclaiming Motion (an application for review) was refused by the Inner House of the Court of Session.
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