PLANS are afoot to convert an old pub building into a nursery.

The former King William Inn pub in Mosley Common has not been in use for around 12 years but now a planning application has been sent to Wigan Council to bring the building back to life

In the proposals, applicant Darran Nash states that he and his wife are both primary school head teachers and would work at the nursery full time if the plans were given the green light.

Mr Nash said: "Our nursery would offer employment for people in the area and benefit the community as a whole.

"We would offer a service that is community-friendly and will be a necessity for the many new families moving into the nearby housing developments that have recently received planning permission."

The Common Side building is situated next to St John's CE Primary School but Mr Nash has stated that their dropping off and collection times would not clash with one another.

He proposes that the morning drop off time would be around 7.15am with the collection time close to 6pm.

The nursery would also work with St John's to offer after-school classes up to 6pm.

In the last six years the owner of the building, Philip Johnson, has installed a new roof and windows.

At the back of the building is a large grassed area surrounded by security fencing which would be used as an outdoor play area for children.

A catering kitchen and new toilet facilities have also be fitted.

The ground floor has been extended as well as other interior changes to introduce more open space.

The front car park has been tarmacked as well.

A decision on the change-of-use planning application is expected to be made on April 13.