“My request is for all correspondence and minutes of discussions between the Department of Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) and Jackie Baillie MSP in relation to DPEA case reference PPA- 160-2034.”
If I might firstly explain that, 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.
Most of the information you have requested is available from our website at the following link : Scottish Government - DPEA - Case Details (scotland.gov.uk), therefore as this information is already in the public domain, we would not re-release this. If you are unable to access the link above, please advise. I therefore attach 1 document, relating to all correspondence and minutes of discussions, which were not published to our website.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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