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Planning permission appeal PPA-350-2036, land at Haddockston House Estate: EIR release

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

Published:
2 Jun 2021
Planning permission appeal PPA-350-2036, land at Haddockston House Estate: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/202100198585
Date received: 30 Apr 2021
Date responded: 1 Jun 2021
Information requested

“I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information concerning the Planning Permission Appeal PPA-350-2036: Land at Haddockston House Estate, West Glen Road, Houston, Renfrewshire, PA6 7GU – Renfrewshire Council Planning Authority Ref: 20/0102/PP "Formation of Commercial Fishery with associated access, parking, modular building and landscaping."

Please provide me with the following information in respect to the above property: all background emails and correspondence (both internally with Scottish Government or with all external parties), any report, correspondence, memos or notes of meetings, including any telephone file notes in relation to the decision making and ultimate decision taken in case reference relating to the decision of the Reporter Sinead Lynch dated 15th April 2021 regarding the Planning Permission Appeal PPA-350- 2036: Land at Haddockston House Estate, West Glen Road, Houston, Renfrewshire, PA6 7GU – Renfrewshire Council Planning Authority Ref: 20/0102/PP "Formation of Commercial Fishery with associated access, parking, modular building and landscaping."

Response

If I might firstly explain that, because, 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 can also confirm that there are no reports, memos or notes of meetings, including any telephone file notes in relation to the decision making and ultimate decision taken in the case reference PPA-350- 2036.

Please note that some of the information within the documents provided (names/signatures/email addresses) has also been redacted in line with our privacy policy and in accordance with regulation 11(2) of the EIRs (personal information), because that information is personal data of a third party and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. This exception is not subject to the public interest test, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exception.

Due to the size of the files we are unable to upload the documents referred to above. If you wish to consider, please contact us at the address below and we will be happy to provide.

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