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Walderslade Village Buttercups Day Nursery eyes expansion into vacant Rose Garden Florist shop

A florist which moved premises just days after Christmas looks set to be turned into additional space for little learners.

Medway Council has been asked to permit a change of use to allow Rose Garden Florist in Walderslade to be turned into an expanded nursery school.

Rose Garden Florist closed in December. Picture: Google
Rose Garden Florist closed in December. Picture: Google

The flower vendor closed in Walderslade Road, opposite the Co-op, on December 29 after less than four years of trading, and has since moved premises.

Yet despite the property's ground floor now being vacant, its first floor remains the home of Little Buttercups Nursery School. The village cafe is located next door.

The nursery is now hoping to expand its business to provide additional spaces for childcare for tots aged between three months and five-years-old.

If given the green light, its opening hours would remain from 7am until 6.30pm on Monday to Fridays.

Information released on the proposal's application states: "There is a high demand in the area for childcare and a shortage of available spaces.

"The nursery school already in operation at the site on the first floor has been successfully in operation for over 20 years.

"This change in usage [would] enabling a successful business to grow and deliver much-needed childcare services to the local community."

JM Properties, which is behind the bid, says the florist and proposed nursery both fall within Class E of commercial, business and service use class.

You can view updates on the application by clicking here and searching for reference MC/24/0042.

A decision is expected by March 6.

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