Borough Council of Wellingborough

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Community Governance Review 2018

Borough Council of Wellingborough has taken the decision to undertake a Community Governance Review (CGR) of the unparished areas within the borough, under the provisions of section 81 of the Local Government and Public Involvement and Health Act 2007.

What is a Community Governance Review?

A Community Governance Review (CGR) review considers the following topics for the area under review:

  • Parish areas (creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes)
  • Naming of parishes, and the style of new parishes
  • Grouping parishes under a common parish council
  • Electoral arrangements for parishes (creating a council, council size, number of councillors and parish warding)
  • Consequential matters, i.e: 
    • the effect on existing parishes
    • dealing with parish assets
    • resolving issues relating to employees of existing parishes
    • setting a precept for a new parish council
    • setting a date of the first elections, and
    • subsequent electoral cycles

Why is the council undertaking the review?

The council has taken the decision to undertake a review of unparished areas due to widely expected changes to local government in Northamptonshire. The review will focus on the current unparished area of the borough and some of the boundaries with the surrounding parishes. The council believes that parish councils play an important role in local democracy, both in terms of community empowerment and engagement, and the delivery of local services. This review aims to ensure that each community in the borough is effectively represented so that governance within the borough continues to be robust and capable of meeting future challenges.

Ultimately, the recommendations made in a CGR should bring about improved community engagement, more cohesive communities, improved local democracy, and should result in more effective and convenient delivery of local services.


In line with legislative requirements, BCW is required to publish a Terms of Reference document which sets out:

  • How the review will be conducted
  • Expected timescales for the review
  • What the review will focus on
  • What the key considerations should be
  • Factual electoral and parish information, and
  • A consultation strategy

You can view the Terms of Reference document by clicking here.

You can download the notice of review by clicking here.

The expected timetable, included in the Terms of Reference document, can be viewed below.

Action Timetable Date
 Terms of Reference published Approval by Council: 16 May 2018 16 May 2018
Submissions invited Seven week consultation 17 May 2018 to 5 July 2018
Draft proposals Submitted to Council 17 July 2018
  Published 18 July 2018
Consultation on draft proposals Three month consultation 23 July 2018 to 23 October 2018
Final proposals Submitted to Council 27 November 2018
Recommendations published   28 November 2018
Re-Organisation Order made by Council
(if required)
Approval by Council: 22 January 2019 22 January 2019