Community Governance Review

Daventry District Council is 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 Council invited Daventry Town Council, together with parish councils in Daventry District, to submit proposals for change and people living in the parishes concerned were invited to comment on the proposals during a nine-week public consultation. The deadline for comments was Friday 16 November 2018. You can still view more information about the various proposals below:

Boughton Parish Council proposal


Brixworth Parish Council proposal (also affects Creaton, Cottesbrooke and Church with Chapel Brampton parishes)

Byfield Parish Council proposal

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

Cottesbrooke Parish Meeting proposal


Daventry Town Council proposal (also affects Norton and Welton parishes)

Farthingstone Parish Council proposal

Great Oxendon Parish Council proposal (also affects Kelmarsh parish)

Guilsborough Parish Council proposal (also affects Ravensthorpe parish

Harlestone Parish Council proposal 

Hollowell & Teeton Parish Council proposal (also affects Ravensthorpe parish)


Norton Parish Council proposal (also affects Daventry town)


Overstone Parish Council proposal

Ravensthorpe Parish Council proposal (also affects Hollowell & Teeton and Guilsborough parishes)

Stowe IX Churches Parish Council proposal (also affects Weedon Bec parish)

West Haddon Parish Council proposal (also affects Winwick parish)


Background: 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.


Why is the Council undertaking the review?

The DCLG Guidance states that it is good practice for principal councils (like Daventry District Council) to undertake Community Governance Reviews every 10-15 years.

Who undertakes the Review?

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

Community Governance Review Timetable 2018 - 2019

Terms of Reference - Community Governance Review

Find out more about Community Governance reviews