Trump gets go ahead for massive fountain at Turnberry

The fountain which has been given the go ahead at Trump Turnberry.
The fountain which has been given the go ahead at Trump Turnberry.

Planning chiefs at South Ayrshire Council have given Donald Trump the go ahead to build a huge fountain at Turnberry Hotel.

That’s despite them outlining concerns over the fountain’s size and style in their report.

The Roman Chariot Style Fountain is set to replace the current fountain at the entrance of Trump Turnberry’s hotel at the rear of the resort.

The tycoon who bought the resort last April for a reported £35m is a big fan of fountains and installed a 13ft one outside the entrance of the refurbished clubhouse earlier this year.

However, this latest fountain will stand at a mammoth 25ft and is 40ft in diameter.

It will feature lions, big cats and a Roman centurion riding the chariot proudly at the top and is set to cost over £100,000.

Planning chiefs had their concerns but gave Trump approval after deciding he had the right to install it as owner of Trump Turnberry.

In their report on the application planning officers said: “Listed building consent is sought for the demolition of fountain and associated hard landscaping and erection of fountain at Turnberry Hotel.

“The Planning Authority is duty bound to consider the impact of the proposal in the setting of the Listed Building. The courtyard elevation is an important aspect of the building’s setting as it acts as the main entrance point to the hotel.

“When viewed from the east, the fountain will impact on the setting of the listed building given its height and proximity to the hotel.

“There are some concerns that the fountain is excessive in height and has no contextual reference to the architectural style of listed hotel.

“However, it is considered that the development is reversible and will not directly impact on the fabric of the main hotel building.

“Given the above, and having balanced the rights of the applicant against the general interest, it is recommended that the application be approved subject to conditions.”

The fountain is to be made by Florida based Benardi USA who have designed fountains at many of Trump’s other resorts across the world.

The resort is set to be closed for an extensive refubrishment later this month with a relaunch planned for around June next year.

The Ailsa Course will shut for play from September 27 as historic changes are carried out on many holes on the course which has hosted The Open Championship on four occasions.

The most high profile of these changes will come at the 9th hole which is to turn into a par three with players hitting their tee shot over the rocks towards the lighthouse, which is on its way to being a halfway house with accomodation and eating facilities.

The hotel is also set to undergo a huge refurbishment of all its rooms with doors set to re-open in May 2016.

During this time lodges, the new clubhouse, golf academy and the Kintyre Course will all be available for members and guests to use as they please.