Following the Scottish Government’s decision to grant outline planning permission on 16 December 2008, Trump International – Scotland has submitted its detailed masterplan for the entire site and designs for its championship golf course to Aberdeenshire Council.
Commenting on today’s submission, Donald J. Trump, president and chief executive officer, The Trump Organisation, said: “This is another significant step towards our goal of building the world’s greatest golf course and resort in Aberdeenshire.”
The culmination of more than twelve months of intensive analysis and input from a wide range of specialist consultants, working under the direction of Trump International – Scotland and project master-planners, Gareth Hoskins Architects, the application sets out the detailed masterplan for the land at Menie and establishes a framework for the overall phased development of the site.
The masterplan provides direction on how the project should be built and outlines the positioning, scale and materials of its buildings and spaces, and addresses landscaping, environmental and infrastructure requirements. As part of the master-planning process a large number of surveys and plans have been commissioned which form part of the submission. These include detailed environmental, landscaping, construction and infrastructure plans.
Gareth Hoskins, director, Gareth Hoskins Architects, said: “The past 14 months have seen a huge amount of work and engagement with Aberdeenshire Council and both local and national consultees such as Architecture & Design Scotland.
“This has involved input from a wide range of specialist consultants to create an overall design strategy that works carefully with the different types of landscape setting found within the overall site. Importantly the masterplan establishes a framework for both the resort and residential community that is about creating well designed places and ensuring ease of movement and accessibility both for the surrounding communities and the wider public. The team is now looking forward to taking forward the detailed design of the different elements of the development.”
The first phase of the development is the championship golf course designed by Dr. Martin Hawtree, the detailed plans for which were also submitted today. Commenting, Dr Martin Hawtree, stated: “The golf course follows a classic pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes.
“All 18 holes thread their way engagingly through the dunes, rising here to find views of the sea and coastline, plunging there into secluded valleys, offering a sequence of superlative topographies, landscapes, alternating between spaciousness and enclosure, then panoramic views, and the whole time a rich texture of vegetation and wild-life habitats surrounding the golf holes.
“The golf course will lack for nothing. The landscape framework of the site comes close to an ideal. There is nothing missing and the layout as conceived would contain no weak holes. It will produce simply the most dramatic, stimulating, invigorating stretch of golf anywhere I have seen in my career.”
Featuring the detailed drawings and plans from the submission, Trump International – Scotland is hosting a masterplan and championship golf course exhibition at the Udny Arms Hotel, Main Street, Newburgh from 12-13 March 2010. The exhibition is open to the public on Friday, 12 from 10am to 7pm and Saturday, 13 from 10am to 5pm, and provides an opportunity for members of the public to view the latest plans and to take part in the pre-application consultation process for the detailed golf course design developed by golf course architects, Hawtree Limited.
Trump International – Scotland’s application will be determined by Formartine Area Committee later in the year. Detailed plans for the phase two and three of the development (hotel and resort accommodation, and residential village) are currently underway and will be released in due course.
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