A former residential home is set to demolished to make way for an overnight break centre for children with disabilities, in what is described as an ‘historic moment’.
Lancashire County Council launched a public consultation over two potential sites last year - one in Leyland and one in Chorley.
Lynnhurst, in Stanifield Lane, Farington, has now been announced as the clear favourite, and will become the council’s first respite centre for disabled youngsters.
The existing building at Lynnhurst will be demolished and a high-spec centre will be built with the latest in technology and adaptations.
This will provide a stimulating, easy-to-use and comfortable environment where young people with disabilities can have overnight breaks and spend time with their friends.
It is expected that the building work will take about 18 months.
County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “This feels like an historic moment.
“We have come a long way since these changes were first broached, and I am very grateful to the families and staff members who have worked so hard together to get us to this point.
“When I read all the responses to the consultation I was able to feel a real sense of the excitement about the possibilities offered by this new centre.
“The location of Lynnhurst – near three motorways – and the size and scope of the building and grounds make this a great choice.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to get things just right, having used buildings for so long which – although very well loved – no longer served their purpose well.”
The new centre will serve Preston, South Ribble and Chorley, and will replace services previously provided by Maplewood in Bamber Bridge, The Bungalow in Preston and Long Copse in Chorley.
However, the reorganisation means the number of residential care worker posts will be reduced, and it is anticipated that compulsory redundancies will largely be avoided by voluntary redundancy, unfilled vacancies and the wider remit of the new service.