Reviews municipal representatives clear for Tesla expansion

00:50  09 december  2022
00:50  09 december  2022 Source:   welt.de

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The car manufacturer Tesla can expand its production facility in Grünheide near Berlin. The municipal council opened the way on Thursday evening and agreed to draw up a new development plan. The vote was twelve to six votes, there was an abstention. Thus, the US electric car maker can buy an area of ​​over 100 hectares of forest and build the area. Previously, the main committee of the municipal council had recommended in June to initiate a procedure for a new development plan. At that time, the vote was extremely scarce with five to four votes.

Das Werksgelände der Tesla Fabrik Berlin Brandenburg. © Christoph Soeder/dpa The factory premises of the Tesla Fabrik Berlin Brandenburg. According to the municipality,

wants to build Tesla on the site of logistics areas, a service center for customers, a company day care center and training rooms. A company's own freight station is also planned. According to Tesla, Tesla wants to move as much traffic as possible from the street to rail. The previous Tesla site comprises around 300 hectares. There are now 100 hectares.

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Tesla currently employs more than 7,000 people. Later there should be 12,000 employees, with the expansion it would be even more. How extensive the expansion should be was initially unclear. Tesla spoke of additional production capacity in the northern part of the site.

Environmentalists criticize that part of the area is in the water protection area that bans the conversion of forest into another type of use.

After the vote, the Grünheide Citizens' Initiative and the Ecological-Democratic Party (ÖDP) criticized the lack of participation of the citizens. In the municipal council meeting, an application for a citizens 'survey was made, which was rejected by the municipal representatives, said Manu Hoyer from the Grünheide Citizens' Initiative. In their view, inquiries were also not sufficiently answered. Hoyer criticized municipal representatives beforehand for inquiries. "Tesla has already sealed enough space and destroyed the forest - there must not be an expansion of the gigafactory," said Thomas Löb, ÖDP head in Brandenburg.

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