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What is a Community Governance Review?

A public consultation period on the deferred proposals closed on 29 April 2022. Please visit our Let's Talk Cornwall pages for more details on the proposals.

Parish and Town Councils are the first tier of local government. They play a vital role in engaging with local people and helping to shape their communities.

A Community Governance Review can make some changes to parish governance when there is clear evidence to do so:

  • It can make changes to parish areas – including:
    • changes to boundaries between parishes
    • mergers of two or more parishes 
    • creating a new parish out of part of one or more existing parishes
  • It can make changes to electoral arrangements within parish areas – including:
    • changes to the number of parish councillors
    • introducing or changing parish warding arrangements
  • It can accommodate changing the name of a parish
  • It can accommodate the grouping together of parishes under a common parish council
  • It can abolish a parish
  • It can change the style of a parish (such as community or meeting).

Please refer to the government website for detailed guidance on Community Governance Reviews.

Effect on Neighbourhood Planning

Community Governance Reviews and Neighbourhood Planning follow two separate processes. A Community Governance Review will not change a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) area. NDPs will continue to exist for the originally designated areas.

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