- 8 Jan 2020
Date received: 3 Dec 2019
Date responded: 6 Jan 2020
You asked for:
"...... the following information relating to Planning Appeals PPA-400-2046, submitted to Scottish Ministers (decision issued 21/7/15) and PPA-400-2093 (decision issued 14/05/2019), both related to the same land at Clarendon Farm, Linlithgow:
1. A copy of all correspondence between the Planning Minister and his staff relating to the appeals, including copies of meetings, minutes, calls, e-mails and other messages to both appeals.
2. A copy of all correspondence between the Planning Minister and his staff relating to the appeal, including copies of meetings, minutes, calls, e-mails and other messages relating to the Minister recalling Appeal PPA-400 2046."
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 the information you requested.
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House