Community Governance Review

Community Governance Review

Daventry District Council is in the final stages of carrying out a Community Governance Review. This is the process that allows the Council to make changes to parishes, such as boundaries and the numbers of parish councillors. 

The consultation period for the review has now ended. A decision on the final recommendations was made at the Council's Strategy Group on 11 April and all affected parishes have been notified of the result. 


A reorganisation order is being drawn up and will be published in October 2019.

Elections to invoke the changes will take place on 7 May 2020

Background to Community Governance Review

What is a Community Governance Review?

A Community Governance Review is a review of the whole or part of the Council area to consider one or more of the following:

  • Creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes
  • The naming of parishes and the style of new parishes
  • The electoral arrangements for parishes, such as the ordinary year of election, council size, number of councillors to be elected to the council and parish warding
  • Grouping parishes under a common parish council or de-grouping parishes


The Council is required to ensure that community governance within the area under review will be: 

  • Reflective of the identities and interests of the community in that area; and is effective and convenient


In doing so, the Review is required to take into account:

  • The impact of existing community governance arrangements on community cohesion
  • The size, population and boundaries of any local community or proposed parish or town council.


Guidance from The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government states that it is good practice for principal councils (like Daventry District Council) to undertake a Community Governance Review every 10-15 years.

The review process

A working group of councillors and Council officers was established to deal with the day-to-day work of the review. The working group was responsible for considering each request and consultation processes received, before formulating recommendations to Council. The final decision relating to each recommendation was made by full Council.

Community Governance Review Timetable 2018 - 2019

Terms of Reference - Community Governance Review

Find out more about Community Governance reviews

Public consultations

Daventry Town Council and parish councils were invited to submit proposals for change in summer 2018, and people were invited to give their views on those proposals during a public consultation which ran from 17 September to 16 November 2018.

The results of that consultation were then considered by the Community Governance Review Working Group (comprising officers and members from DDC) which made a recommendation on each of the proposals.

The proposals and recommendations, as summarised below, were subject to a four-week consultation running from 25 February to 25 March 2019.

Boughton Parish

Boughton Parish Council proposed an increase in the number of its parish councillors from 9 to 10. The Working Group recommended the number be increased to 11.

Byfield Parish

Byfield Parish Council proposed a reduction in the number of its parish councillors from 11 to 9. The Working Group recommended the proposal be allowed to proceed.

Cottesbrooke Parish (also affects Creaton and Naseby parishes)

The proposal considered whether Cottesbrooke Parish Meeting should be amalgamated into either Creaton or Naseby Parish Council. The Working Group recommended it is amalgamated with Creaton Parish Council.  Download Cottesbrooke proposal map

Crick Parish (also affects Kilsby, Lilbourne and Yelvertoft parishes)

The proposal was to change the boundary of Crick Parish so the entire Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal site would be contained with its boundary. The Working Group recommended the current boundaries remain as they are.

Daventry Town (also affects Norton, Welton and Newnham parishes)

Daventry Town Council proposed alterations to its boundaries with the parishes of Norton, Welton and Newnham and its internal boundaries, and a reduction in the number of its councillors from 17 to 16. The Working group recommended these proposals be allowed to proceed.  Download the Daventry town proposal maps

Farthingstone Parish

Farthingstone Parish Council proposed a reduction in the number of its councillors, from seven to five. The Working Group recommended the proposal be allowed to proceed.

Guilsborough Parish (affects Ravensthorpe Parish)

Guilsborough Parish Council proposed a small change to its boundary with Ravensthorpe parish. The Working Group recommended the proposal be allowed to proceed.  Download the Guilsborough proposal map

Harlestone Parish

Harlestone Parish Council proposed splitting the parish and the creation of a new parish council for the housing developments at Loxton Fields and Harlestone Manor. The Working Group recommended supporting this proposal.
Download the Harlestone proposal map

Hollowell & Teeton Parish (affects Ravensthorpe Parish)

Hollowell & Teeton and Ravensthorpe Parish Council both proposed changes to their boundary with one another. The Working Group recommended two of the three proposals be allowed to proceed.  Download the Hollowell & Teeton proposal map

Overstone Parish

A review looked at whether to split Overstone Parish Council or increase the number of councillors, in response to significant expected housing growth. The Working Group recommended no changes should be made to the existing parish council.  

Stowe Nine Churches Parish (affects Weedon Parish)

Stowe Nine Churches Parish Council proposed a change to its boundary with Weedon Parish Council. The Working Group recommended the boundary should remain as it is. 

West Haddon Parish (affects Winwick Parish)

West Haddon Parish Council proposed a merger with Winwick Parish Meeting. The Working Group recommended this does not take place.