People will be asked to give their views on the county's residential respite care.

Hertfordshire County Council started a review of its residential respite services earlier this month.

A full consultation will be launched in October with the resulting proposals going before Cabinet in February next year.

This follows on from county council plans to close Woolmer Drive, a short-break residential care home in Hemel Hempstead, because the building failed to meet the access requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.

However a plan to relocate services to a purpose-built centre in Hertford, concerned parents. The county council now intends to look at the decision again.

Jane Pitman, Lead Member for Children's Services, said: "Parents who use Woolmer Drive for their respite care were upset by this decision, and clearly they value the very high standard of care provided to their children.

"We have listened to their understandable anxieties and taken on board their wishes for a genuine, open-minded consultation.

"That's why we will be undertaking an overall review of all residential respite care for young people in Hertfordshire, including Woolmer Drive."

The county council has two respite homes for young people with severe learning disabilities which can provide care for up to six young people aged between five and 19 - Woolmer Drive in Hemel Hempstead and Wilbury House in Letchworth, plus a long-term home for young people with severe learning disabilities, providing care for six young people aged 11+ in Ripon Road in Stevenage Three external providers, National Children's Homes, Jubilee House Trust and Mencap, are also used to provide extra beds.