Land consumption: Marca Trevigiana is the second in Veneto region

Unused industrial-industrial building heritage. Bernardi: We must focus on the 670 disused warehouses located outside the production areas, identifying with the region and local authorities tools, forms of facilitation to encourage their reconversion.

Economy - published on 28 August 2023

Source: press office Confartigianato Imprese Marca Trevigiana

Oscar Bernardi, president of Confartigianato Imprese Marca Trevigiana: We must focus on the 670 disused warehouses located outside the production areas by identifying, together with the Region and local authorities, tools and forms of facilitation to encourage their reconversion.

Unused warehouses are falling, a trend that has been going on for six years now. But if disused warehouses are decreasing, -303 in the province compared to 2016 (-15.7%), the problem of their reconversion remains. To date, for every ten production units, there is one disused one. Data that place the Marca Trevigiana at the top in the region and in Italy for land consumption. This was revealed by a sample research commissioned by Confartigianato Imprese Veneto to Smartland srl.
Treviso has a high incidence of soil consumption, equal to 16.7%, a percentage that places the Marca in second place in the region after Padua (18.7%) and well above the national average of 7.1% and the regional average of 11.9%.
The same position also applies to the ratio of productive areas to total surfaces. Treviso, with 7,143 hectares of productive and commercial areas stands at 2.9%, once again surpassed by Padua (3%) and against a regional average of 2%.
Treviso is on the lowest step of the podium, 17.5%, if we consider the ratio of productive and commercial surfaces to the total surface area consumed: surpassed by Verona 18.9% and Vicenza 20.9%.

These data confirm the productive vocation of Veneto and our province, explains Oscar Bernardi, president of Confartigianato Imprese Marca Trevigiana, with the side effect of wasting land, as is evident from the abandoned warehouses. The positive datum, which the research reveals, is the contraction of unused production real estate units. In the Veneto region, there were 10,600 in 2016, down to 9,200 in 2022, a contraction of 13%, which also affects Treviso, which counts 1,632, down 303 (-15.7%), the steepest percentage drop in the region. Since 2012, the Veneto’s production area has expanded by 2,291 hectares. Of these, 445 involve the Marca Trevigiana, equal to 6.7% of the total, a figure that places the province in third place after Padua (7.3%) and Vicenza (13.3%). The productive real estate stock is specular: there are 18,140 in Treviso, equal to 18.6% of the Veneto Region total, a value surpassed only by Vicenza (22.5%).

The contraction of unused production real estate units, Oscar Bernardi notes, alone does not solve the problem of land consumption. This is why Confartigianato has investigated the peculiar characteristics of these abandoned complexes.
The research showed that the largest reconversions (1,370 in Veneto as a whole) concerned the largest assets, the typical production shed located in a production area proper and located in an area with high road connections. Disused buildings, on the contrary, were found in rural contexts, in improper areas or in consolidated urban areas. Here the numbers of unused buildings is stable and in some cases increasing.
The difficulty of reconverting these spaces is evident, stresses Oscar Bernardi, as they are often small to medium-sized, located in areas with reduced accessibility and often incorporated in residential areas. They represent 41% of the unused productive heritage and 30% in terms of surface area. For the province of Treviso we are talking about at least 670 warehouses.
In the unused productive heritage, one real estate unit out of five should be demolished because it is unusable, while 4% is unfinished. Seventy-seven per cent of the unused relates to classic warehouses, while 20 per cent is accounted for by handicrafts.
We must focus on the 670 disused warehouses located outside the production areas that are not attractive as business locations. The request to the Region and the local authorities that deal with town planning is to identify elements that facilitate their demolition (through, for example, a valorisation of building credits) or their reconversion as student halls, gyms, kindergartens, recreation places, or for temporary uses for various types of activities, also in function of the definition of new uses. – continues President Bernardi We need a change of pace to avoid finding ourselves in the near future with urban areas that are dilapidated and degraded to the point of no longer being of interest to the communities that live in them. We need to rethink our way of living our territory in relation to the depopulation of many small towns and villages, the problem of the birth rate, and the difficulty of having services for families and businesses in areas with low population density. We have an obligation to leave to future generations an eco-sustainable and healthy real estate and territory, which is why I believe it is useful to create a round table of discussion among all the actors who are interested in this issue for various reasons.

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