Aberdeenshire Council has reversed its decision to oppose Donald Trump’s golfing resort plans after sacking a committee chairman.

In a special meeting held today the council placed a vote of no confidence in Infrastructure Services Committee chair councillor Martin Ford.

There were 26 votes against the independent councillor, with ten supporting him and 26 councillors choosing not to vote.

Full support for Trumps plans

In a statement the council also gives its ‘full support’ to the scheme in its new role as an ‘enhanced consultee’ in the process.

The Scottish government called-in the plans after Aberdeenshire council originally rejected the plans, following Trump considering moving the scheme to Northern Ireland.

The council also agreed to begin amending its ‘Scheme of Delegation’ so that planning decisions of local and regional importance are decided by the full council.

Replacement to be found

It also said a replacement for Ford would be announced at the next council meeting in January.

The Scottish Government will now decide whether or not to give the go ahead to Trump’s £1bn beachside golf resort.

The plans include two championship golf courses, a five star hotel, 950 time share properties and 450 houses.

Yesterday Trump leapt to the defence of Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond after it emerged he had met Trump at a luxury hotel the day before the Scottish government decided to call in the golf resort plans.