Plans to close a King’s Lynn respite home for severely disabled children have been put back seven months.

Norfolk County Council announced last month it would no longer commission places at Morley House from the end of August.

But in a letter sent to parents this week, the council confirmed the facility, which is run by charity Break, will continue to offer children short breaks until March 2019.

A council spokesman said: “This will give everyone more time to work together so that families can make the right arrangements for their children.

“The longer transition period at Morley House will enable us to work with families to ensure that as our short breaks services change, we are able to listen and take account of their needs, alongside responding to the wider needs of children with disabilities who are not currently accessing residential and community based short breaks provision.

“Regardless of any of these changes, residential respite provision will continue to operate at our remaining units, including Marshfields in King’s Lynn, for those children with the greatest level of needs. And families who are assessed to need overnight respite will continue to receive it.”

More than 3,200 people have signed a petition to save Morley House.

Campaigners said although the decision to extend its transitional period was welcomed, they were concerned the authority would still intend to cease using it in March 2019.

“Our view is that this decision today has come to stop our challenge within the necessary time frame for judicial review.

“We continue to be concerned that the Morley issue will merely move to another community in Norfolk as the cuts to service continue across the county.

“Sadly Morley is not saved, it has had a reprieve.”