Local Government Reform in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire Local Government Reform

Two new unitary councils will be established in Northamptonshire on 1 April 2021 (Vesting Day), the Government has confirmed.

The West Northamptonshire unitary will cover Daventry District, Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire and the North Northamptonshire unitary will cover Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough.

Northamptonshire County Council and the existing district and borough councils, including Daventry District Council, will all be abolished.

The Secretary of State James Brokenshire reviewed evidence and representations received and has decided that replacing the eight councils with two unitary authorities is in the best interests of the residents of Northamptonshire. 

Parliamentary Orders will follow later this year and, if approved by both the House of Commons and House of Lords, elections to the Shadow Authorities are expected to take place in May 2020. The Shadow Authorities will determine the structure, budget and service delivery models for the new councils.


This Joint Committee has been established by Daventry District Council, Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire County Council and South Northamptonshire Council to make preparations for the West Northamptonshire Shadow Authority.

View the West Northamptonshire Joint Committee meetings, agendas, reports and membership