Decision to approve St Ambrose campus site: EIR release

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

Information requested

All information held by the Scottish Government on the original decision by Scottish Ministers to approve the St Ambrose campus site in Coatbridge, including but not limited to any briefing documents, proposals, decision notices, risk assessments.


The pdf documents attached to this email response contain some of the information you have asked for, other aspects of the information you have requested is available from SPEA’s website.
Should you have issues opening or viewing the enclosures please contact me and I will arrange to send you a hard copy. 

Please note however, in relation to your question asked, Scottish Ministers cleared the application back to North Lanarkshire Council for their determination, they did not approve nor agree the application.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exemption under regulation 11(2) of EIRs (Personal information) applies to that information. The reason why that exemption applies is explained in the Annex A of this response.

Exemptions apply

Exemptions under Section 11(2) of the ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004 (EIRs) applies to some the information you have requested. :
Regulation 11(2) Applies – Personal data belonging to a third Party.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) came into effect in May 2018, making many changes to data protection laws in the UK.
Regulation 11 of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (the EIRs) sets outs when personal data can and cannot be disclosed under the EIRs. Regulation 10(3) makes it clear that, where a request for environmental information includes personal data, the personal data must not be made available (i.e. disclosed) otherwise than in accordance with regulation 11.
Personal data must not be disclosed if it is:
• the personal data of the person requesting the information (regulation 11(1)
• the personal data of a third party – (regulation 11(2)
The exceptions in regulation 11 are generally absolute, which means that they are not subject to the public interest test.
However, in two specific situations, the exception in regulation 11(2) is subject to the public interest test. This means that, even if the exception applies, the personal data must be disclosed unless, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in making the personal data available is outweighed by the public interest in not making it available.

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