A NURSERY'S bid to return home has been passed by councillors, to the relief of parents.

Downhall Under Fives feared for its future if the plan to rebuild its base in Ferndale Road, Rayleigh, had been blocked.

Officers for Rochford District Council, which owns the land, had recommended it be turned down because the development was on green belt land and there was not enough off-street parking provided.

But during an emotional meeting last (Thursday) night, which was packed out with concerned parents, both Tory and Lib Dem councillors voted 16 to two to pass the motion.