Decision details

LOCYP 2223014 - Future Placement Needs Strategy- Short Breaks and Residential Care for Children With Disabilities

Decision Maker: Director of Learning, Opportunities and Skills

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


See attached ODR for full details


To refurbish the current overnight provision at Oakland’s (8 bed unit) into 2 separate units:

1 x 4 bed short breaks overnight provision, and
1 x 3 bed home for children with disabilities to enable children to be brought back to the borough and/or provide capacity for future years.

The current Oakland’s premises require internal changes only and would not need planning permission and registration for the change of use.

Alternative options considered:

Maintain 8 bed Short Break home- This is not a viable option as occupancy can be as low as 30% therefore not an efficient use of resource

Demolish half of the current building creating a 4 bed Short Break home with increased outdoor space- Very negative feedback from consultations due to the massive disruption to services and the neighbourhood while the building is being demolished.

Decommission the Short Break service and put out an external tender- This was not an option due to challenges within the market, complicating factors with regards TUPE and availability of appropriate assets within Doncaster.

Publication date: 23/06/2022

Date of decision: 10/06/2022

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