Plans to fell parts of a forest in Berlin for the development of a Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ have been halted based on environmental concerns. This comes days before thousands of trees were going to be cleared.
A court in Germany ordered the halt as a response to concerns raised by green groups, according to dw.com.
The development was planned for an area south-east of Berlin, where Elon Musk’s electric cars would be manufactured.
The Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg (OVG) made the ruling on Saturday, 15 February. The reason being that an appeal from the Green League Brandenburg has to first be considered.
The Green League Brandenburg is an environmental protection association.
Tesla had planned to begin production in Grünheide in Brandenburg by early next year, with a goal to manufacture 150,000 electric vehicles per year. This number would eventually increase to 500,000.
Initially, Tesla was given permission to begin work in the area ‘at its own risk’ by the German environment ministry. The final permit, however, has not been issued.
Complaints are to be filed until 5 March, after this the final permit will be reviewed.