“Most of the time, development can take place without damaging important natural features, but this was not the case in this instance.”
SNH said evidence showed around a third of the special habitats at the Menie section of the Foveran SSSI had been damaged.
She added: “The remainder of the habitats in the Menie area have been significantly fragmented, and ecological processes disrupted.”
The Trump Organisation described the announcement as a “stitch-up”, adding in a Trump-like statement from Sarah Malone, the resort’s executive vice-president, that the decision was an “utter disgrace” and that SNH had “hit an all-time low”.
She added: “To make an announcement to the media before informing us, the actual landowner, shows how politically-motivated this decision is. What other SSSI landowner is singled out in this way?