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Issue 42 - In brief...

Scotland Magazine Issue 42
December 2008


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In brief...

Plans by US entrepeneur Donald Trump to build a luxury golf resort in the Highlands have been given the green light.

Despite the strenuous objections of environmental groups, the Scottish Government has granted outline planning permission for the application by the organisation headed by Trump to develop a golf resort at Balconies, Aberdeenshire.

The proposal (estimated to cost around a billion pounds) involves the development of a golf resort, including two 18-hole golf courses with associated clubhouse, practice area and driving range, together with a 450-bedroom hotel with conference centre and spa, 950 holiday apartments in four blocks, 36 golf villas, 500 houses for sale, accommodation for 400 staff and new access onto the A90 trunk road.

The ambitious plans will see a huge boost to the economy through new jobs, housing and tourism, but the plans have faced strong criticsm for encroaching on protected sand dunes and a site of special scientific interest.

A £1 million grant from the National Lottery will help to create a new forest in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Billed as the largest native broadleaf woodland in Scotland it will cover an area equivalent to the city of Glasgow. It will transform an area centred on Loch Katrine, into a forest landscape.

The famous Cunard liner QE2 has left Scotland’s shores for the final time as she sails off to become a floating hotel in Dubai.

The 70,000 tonne ship was launched at John Brown’s shipyard on the river Clyde in 1967. Since then, she has travelled 5.9 million nautical miles, carried 2.5 million passengers, crossed the Atlantic 804 times and completed 25 world cruises.

Thousands of spectators lined the shoreline as she called at Greenock on the Firth of Clyde for the last time, during a farewell voyage round the British Isles.

Many others took trips in small boats from up and down the river to get a close-up view from the water.

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