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Donald Trump will soon be able to enjoy more golf trips up in Scotland after his family business was given the green light to build a third course.

Authorities have approved plans for the development in Aberdeenshire, despite campaigning from environmental activists.

Documents published on Friday showed Aberdeen council granted planning permission for the 18-hole course, which is to be named “MacLeod” after the US president’s mother Mary Anne MacLeod.

It will be built next to the original Trump International golf resort on his Menie Estate, north of Aberdeen, which opened in 2012.

Donald Trump’s golf course in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire (Getty Images)

The area of land had already been marked in the local development plan for two 18-hole golf courses, a resort hotel (450 rooms) with conference centre and spa; 36 “golf villas” and 950 holiday apartments in four blocks; up to 500 houses and community facilities.

The course will share the golf house and related facilities currently serving the Menie course and will provide an additional 141 parking spaces.

The existing golf course and luxury hotel at the estate have not been profitable since they opened.

Environmentalists have criticised the original Menie site for partially destroying the coastal sand dunes in the area, and say the second course could cause the dunes to further erode.

Many locals objected to the application, citing loss of public space and the impact it would have on water supply, private roads and nearby estates.

“The council sided with Trump International,” said Bob Ward, of the London School of Economics’ Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

“They accepted the economic case over the environmental case.”

Sepa, the Scottish Environment Protective Agency, argued the water management plan was inadequate and the environmental management plan was not appropriate.

Mr Trump also owns another luxury golf resort, Turnberry, on the other side of Scotland.