U.S. real-estate investor Donald Trump’s legal challenge against a wind farm off the coast of Aberdeenshire was rejected by a Scottish judge.
Trump’s company says the turbines will spoil views from his golf resort and that the project was approved unfairly because there wasn’t a public inquiry, according to court documents. The developer will appeal the ruling, it said today in a statement.
The Judiciary of Scotland said on its website today that Lord Doherty dismissed the company’s petition. “He was not persuaded that the fair-minded and informed observer would conclude that there was a real possibility of bias on the part of the decision-maker,” it said. “Or that the decision not to have a public inquiry had been unreasonable or unlawful.”
Trump has clashed with the Scottish government and its leader Alex Salmond for years over its plan to generate more power from wind turbines. The developer says his 750 million-pound ($1.2 billion) golf project does more for the economy.
The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, a venture between Vattenfall AB, Technip SA and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, won approval in March to build 11 turbines with capacity to power 68,000 homes costing more than 230 million pounds.
The judicial review at the Court of Session in Edinburgh was held over four days in November.