Fareham Business Park. (Credit: Google Maps)

GrandVision has submitted planning application for a modern production facility spanning 101,836 square ft for Nottingham’s Fairham Business Park.

This is with the hope is that Vision Express, an arm of GrandVision, will also relocate their headquarters to the same park as it is seen as an ideal location to run production from.

The optical manufacturer and retailer is currently located across several sites in Nottinghamshire.

Michael Flint, JV & Property Director for Vision Express, says: “By bringing these plans forward and working in partnership with Rushcliffe Borough Council and Clowes Developments, we are looking to maintain our presence in the Nottingham area.

“Following significant research, we have identified Fairham Business Park as our preferred location as it will allow us to bring our operations together into one new facility which will provide significant advantages for the productivity of the business and also allow us accommodate an increased workforce in excess of the 360 people already employed.

“With greater and green transport links, the move will bring recruitment opportunities to the area and will further strengthen our logistics process and create an ever greater customer experience supporting our omnichannel offer.”

Rushcliffe Borough Council is in charge of giving the go-ahead and this building proposal is part of the wider plan for the £800m Fairham development being delivered by a joint venture between Derbyshire-based Clowes Developments and Homes England.

Outline planning permission is in place for one million square feet of commercial space within Fairham Business Park.

Development Director at Clowes Developments, James Richards, says: “Bringing forward plans for a new state of the art facility for an organisation of the calibre of Vision Express, clearly sets the scene for our aspirations for Fairham Business Park.

“As an exemplary new commercial destination for Nottingham and the East Midlands, the business park is already attracting interest from a wide range of organisations and this application for a new production facility underlines the strength of our location and offer.  We look forward to making further announcements as and when more deals come forward.”

The new building sets to provides light manufacturing, storage, and office accommodation with 136 car parking spaces.

If the planning permission is approved, construction could start as early as April this year, allowing for completion by the end of 2021.

The Nottingham office of FHP Property Consultants is advising Vision Express with Clowes Developments representing themselves on the deal.

Fairham is the new £800 million neighbourhood for Nottingham, creating 3,000 new homes and up to 2,000 new jobs for the region.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Local Plan of creating 13,500 new homes over a decade will be greatly helped by Fairham.