The construction project in a protected Polish forest

The anti-corruption Agency of Poland on Tuesday opened an investigation of a residential high-rise project in the middle of a protected forest, Polish media reported.

Inspectors from the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) entered the headquarters of a regional environmental authority that in 2015 gave the go-ahead for the construction project in the village of Stobnica in the middle of the Notecka Forest in west-central Poland, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

Inspectors asked to see documents specifying the conditions on which the site is being developed, and they also asked for documents regarding the project’s expected impact on the area, which is part of the European Union’s Natura 2000 network of protected nature sites, the CBA’s Temistokles Brodowski said, as cited by IAR.

Earlier in the day, Poland’s Environment Minister Henryk Kowalczyk said an inspection was needed to find out how the controversial project was given the green light, IAR reported.

The project was approved in April 2015 by the Regional Environmental Protection Authority (RDOŚ) in the western city of Poznań on the basis of documents including a report submitted by the investor, a Poznań-based company called D.J.T., stating that the project would have no significant negative impact on the Natura 2000 site, IAR reported, citing the environment ministry.

According to media reports, the building has been designed to have 14 storeys above ground topped by a 48-metre tower, with almost 50 apartments for about 100 tenants and 10 maintenance staff, IAR said.

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