The US property tycoon’s planning application for Trump International Golf Links Scotland was rejected by Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee. Outline planning permission for the development was earlier approved by the authority’s Formartine area committee, but members of the more powerful infrastructure committee voted against it.
Proposals, opposed by wildlife groups and some local residents, included two championship golf courses, a five-star hotel, golf academy, nearly 1,000 holiday homes and 500 private houses.
George Sorial, Mr Trump’s right-hand man, warned the decision sent out a “devastating” message against doing business in north-east Scotland.
The team could now appeal to Scottish ministers, with the prospect of a lengthy public inquiry.