Decision details

23241009-Additional Costings for Askern Court Refurbishment

Decision Maker: Assistant Director Childrens Social Care

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Doncaster children who are brought into care have the opportunity to grow up in the borough rather than being accommodated in out of authority placements and are supported to reach independence in their local communities. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to increase the number of in-house children’s homes and supported living schemes. The purchase of new properties allows for the creation of more regulated children’s homes and a broader range of
supported living flats, thereby fulfilling this element of the strategy. For some young people it is the right decision to support a transition to semi-independence between the ages of 16 and 17.
For others this transition will naturally occur much later. Taking this into account Doncaster Children’s Services Trust (DCST) developed the ‘Key to Your Future Project’ delivered by the Housing & Independence Service. Phase One of the project saw the creation of a number of 2 bed shared tenancies (Outreach properties) utilising social housing stock from St Leger Homes, with outreach Workers delivering floating tenancy support


ODR 2223059 approved the purchase of Askern Court, Bentley and estimated capital works, including 15% Design and Management fees and 10% contingency, of £123,260 for immediate work and £32,080 for future work.
This ODR is to approve revised capital works totalling £252,460 at Askern Court, Bentley to enable the property to become a supported accommodation provision for young people in care, and this renovation will meet the new DfE regulation standards 2023.

Alternative options considered:

No options considered.

Publication date: 11/04/2024

Date of decision: 22/08/2023

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