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Trump tripped up over homes purchase

Campaigners look to have scored a great victory as Donald Trump has declared that he will not use compulsory purchase powers to clear residents of Menie from their homes.

The Press and Journal has reported that after almost two years of uncertainty, Trump has said he will not use attempt to use compulsory powers to purchase four homes as part of his plans for his golf resort on the Aberdeenshire coastline. Trump had been given planning to include the sites in his resort although the owners had not agreed to sell the properties.

Trump told the Press and Journal: “We have consistently said that we have no interest in compulsory purchase and have never applied for it.

“It remains part of the Scottish planning process but we have not, and will not, request that Aberdeenshire Council use their CPO powers to purchase houses.

“The only reason CPO was even brought up by our opposition is that they have consistently lost on every other front and this is the only way for them to continue to gain free publicity on the back of the Trump name.”

The statement is a second major victory in just a few days for campaigning website 38 degrees, with their petition against the sell-off of the state forests in England and Wales having caused a U-turn by the government last week. Over 20,000 people had joined their campaign to help stop any use of compulsory purchase powers by Trump. The campaign included support for Tripping Up Trump – a scheme by which members of the public could sign up to be part owners of a piece of land within the boundaries of the Menie estate, making the use of compulsory purchase powers increasingly impractical. Many Walkhighlands users had signed up as part of this scheme.

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