Field inspection at Burnside of Dipple, Fochabers: EIR release

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

FOI reference: FOI/18/01171
Date received: 13 April 2018
Date responded: 4 May 2018

Information requested

All correspondence at Local Area and Headquarters Office level relating to a field inspection at Burnside of Dipple, Fochabers.


As the information you have requested is 'environmental information' for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.

This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

I enclose a copy of all the relevant correspondence relating to the field inspection you requested:

  • The field inspection was carried out in October 2017, copy of the Single Application Form 2017: Land Inspections Report.

  • E-mail last dated 31 October 2017 seeking clarification if a Solar Panel Renewable Energy Farm is eligible for BPS.

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