I have a customer who is interested in building a Timber Frame in Italy. He is interested in building in the Campagna region Southern Italy. If anyone has any advice on any current blocks with planning permission for this type of build in this area please let me know.
Curiously I have been looking at Italy and France plus timber frame appeals a lot. What I do know from my research in Emilia Romagna is that like the French mayors the decisions are taken at local level first, in Italy this is the local commune. New building is a major issue in their green built closely followed by appearance and tradition. However, it doesn't stop with the local commune. In France new builds over 100 sq metres must have a French architect in tow. If it were me I would locate someone on the ground there who knows the ropes, bureaucracy reigns.
It may be worth contacting timber frame manufacturers, not just UK, to see if they have supplied in Italy. I know Potton haven't. Huff Haus will have I am sure.
This would make for a very interesting group all on its own as there isn't much out there. Thoughts?
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