Nottingham City Council will turn Laura Chambers Lodge care home in Clifton into a centre for adults with special needs and disabilities.

The decision was made on Monday following a public consultation and residents and their families have been informed.

Before the decision was taken, the council consulted with residents, carers, the wider public, care home workers and unions. The consultation was extended by two weeks to ensure everyone had a chance to give their views.

After all opinions were considered, it has been decided that the council will go forward with the original proposal and create more provision for adults with special needs in the city.

The home will undergo a revamp from January 2016. Laura Chambers Lodge on Swansdowne Drive, currently provides residential care for 14 people living with dementia and elderly, frail people. All have been allocated a social care practitioner to give support, advice and guidance. Residents will be supported to live in other residential settings of their choice.

Councillor Alex Norris, Portfolio Holder for Adults, Health and Community Sector at Nottingham City Council, said: “These are tough decisions, but we have to make them. We are currently working with residents of Laura Chambers Lodge and their families to ensure their needs are met, following our decision to change the use of the home.

“But the fact is we need more residential care for people with learning disabilities. Currently there are less than five beds available on any given day. So this new centre will help plug that gap and offer more people the care they deserve.

“The fact is if we were properly funded by central Government we’d be looking to develop something new. Instead due to enormous budget cuts we’re forced into what is a really difficult decision. We believe that for older people in Clifton we are able to meet their needs in their community but simply aren’t adequately able to do that for adults with learning disabilities”

Currently there is plenty of adult residential provision for older people in the City, up to 100 beds available on any given day.

Around 30 adults with learning disabilities will use the centre for long-term care, including six adults with complex needs. It is also expected that a further 50-75 adults with learning disabilities will use the centre’s new short break facility each year.

The new centre will open in 2017.