Community Governance Review

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.

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

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

The proposals and recommendations are summarised below.  Please click on the survey links to find out more and tell us whether you agree with the recommendation for your parish area.

The deadline for comments is Monday 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 has recommended the number is 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 recommends that this 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 has recommended it is amalgamated with Creaton Parish Council.


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 has recommended that 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 has recommended these proposals be allowed to proceed.


Farthingstone Parish

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


Harlestone Parish

**We apologise for a typographical error on letters sent out to residents which incorrectly stated the deadline for responses to this survey was 25 March 2018. We are happy to clarify that the deadline for responses is in fact 25 March 2019.**

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 recommends supporting this proposal.


Hollowell & Teeton Parish (affects Ravensthorpe Parish)

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


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 recommends that 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 recommends 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 recommends this does not take place. 


Background to 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 is undertaking 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