Councillors in Poole have approved the business case for the Council to develop an 80-bed care home providing specialist nursing and dementia care.
Work will now begin on producing a detailed design for the high quality modern, spacious and energy-efficient care home in preparation for public consultation, prior to submitting a planning application.
The council-owned care home would be operated independently under a contract specifically aimed at helping Poole's residents who are unable to fully fund their own care needs. It would also allow the council to help shape the care market at a time when there is a shortage of suitable care provision in the local area.
Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Services, Borough of Poole, said: "One of the Council's priorities is promoting the health and wellbeing of our residents, especially the most vulnerable. The population of older people in Poole is increasing and we have a duty to ensure there is sufficient capacity and a genuine choice of care options that make the best use of public funds.
"Developing a Council-owned care home will allow us to achieve better value for money when placing residents in residential care and also improve our ability to place people closer to home, making it easier for friends and family to visit on a regular basis."
The care home will be built on land at 2 Mitchell Road. This land was formerly occupied by Mitchell House which was closed in 2014 following the decision that it would not meet the future needs of those requiring a care home.
Cllr Sandra Moore, Ward Councillor for Canford Heath East, Borough of Poole, said: "There is a huge need for affordable care homes, especially with care costs continuing to escalate. The business case put forward by officers is excellent and both my ward colleague and myself were happy to support it. The new care home will benefit the whole community and we look forward to seeing this project progress."
Tenders for both the construction of the building and delivery of care services will now be prepared for advertising, with contracts expected to be awarded during the summer of 2017.
Should planning permission for the care home be approved and tenders be successfully awarded it is hoped that building works will start in Autumn 2017.
The Council expects the building works to take approximately 18 months to complete with the new home opening for residents in Summer 2019.