Reports for Newfield Windfarm: EIR release

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

Information requested

In relation to the Newfield Wind Farm inquiry that was held in 2012 and a decision issued in 2014. I note that the Decision Notice in relation to the application is still on the DPEA portal website but the inquiry documents are no longer available to download.

I would be grateful if you could provide me with copies of all the inquiry documents including precognitions, inquiry reports and agreed statement of matters relating to the MOD objection and the eskdalemuir seismic array for both the MoD and the Applicant.

You subsequently asked "Having looked at the documents, I cannot find the Inquiry Report of Dr David Bowers which is referenced in his precognition with reference CD-ESK-34. I also don’t appear to have the Inquiry Report of MR Boyd with reference CD-ESK-35. Are you able to check your records and let me have copies of these documents please."

A further request for "copies of the Statement of Common Understanding" was subsequently received.


I enclose a copy of the information you requested

As you know some of the information you have requested has been republished to the DPEA website for your convenience at the attached link.

I also attach a copy of the 'Statement of Common Understanding' along with Inquiry Reports for Dr David Bowers and Mr David Boyd.

An exception under regulation 11(2) of the EIRs (personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it 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.

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