Community Governance Review (CGR) for Hampton in Arden and Catherine-de-Barnes

On Thursday 12 October 2017, Hampton in Arden Parish Council and Catherine-de-Barnes Residents Association submitted a petition, bearing 253 signatures, requesting that Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council undertake a Community Governance Review. 

The petition proposes that the boundary of Hampton in Arden Parish Council be extended by incorporating the currently unparished area of Catherine-de-Barnes.

The Community Governance Review commenced with the publication of the Terms of Reference on Wednesday 29 November 2017.


The Final Proposals are now open for consultation until 31.08.2018. Solihull MBC has not changed the proposals from the draft proposal stage and welcomes any further comment on issues that have not already been addressed as part of this review.

The Council proposes to –

  1. Extend the Hampton in Arden Parish boundary to incorporate polling district BH07 within the Parish (as shown in Map 2 in the Final Proposals document)
  2. Create two wards within the Parish and fix the ward boundary along Friday Lane and Catherine de Barnes Lane (as shown in Map 2 in the final proposals document)
  3. Retain the current name of Hampton in Arden Parish Council and name the two new wards Catherine de Barnes Ward and Hampton in Arden Ward
  4. Increase the number of parish councillors from 9 to 12
  5. Allocate 8 Councillors to represent the Hampton in Arden Ward and 4 Councillors to represent the Catherine de Barnes Ward


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The timetable for the review is outlined below:

Action Relevant Date
Petition received Thursday 12 October 2017
Report to Governance Committee
Terms of reference and timetable for review to be approved
Tuesday 28 November 2017
Terms of Reference published and consultation period starts Wednesday 29 November 2017
Last date for representations Sunday 31 December 2017
Draft Proposals are prepared Governance Committee held on Thursday 18 January 2018
Draft Proposals are published for consultation By Wednesday 31 January 2018
Last date for submissions Sunday 15 April 2018
Final Proposals are prepared Governance Committee Wednesday 27 June 2018
Final Proposals are published July 2018
Consultation on final proposals August 2018
Governance Committee makes final recommendation on the review To Governance Committee Monday 24 September 2018
Governance Committee recommendation considered by Council Tuesday 9 October 2018
Council publishes the Reorganisation Order Wednesday 31 October 2018
Any changes become effective Monday 1 April 2019

Please note that the timetable is subject to minor alteration.

What happens next?

The Council will consider all responses and will draw up final recommendations on parish governance arrangements for the area. In its final recommendations, the Council will balance the submissions that it has received against the legal tests and policies that have been outlined in the Terms of Reference document.

Consultation on the Final Proposals will run until 31 August 2018.

If changes to the existing structure of community governance in the affected areas are being recommended, the Review will be completed when the Council adopts a Reorganisation of Community Governance Order.

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