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 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 Thursday 21 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.

Have your say

The terms of reference document is currently out for consultation and will end on Sunday 31 December 2017. You can respond by completing our online response form.

Submit your views

Alternatively you can submit your comments by email to or in writing to Electoral Services, Solihull MBC, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 9QS.

What happens next?

The Council will consider all responses and will draw up draft recommendations on parish governance arrangements for the area. In its draft proposals, 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. 

The draft proposals will give our initial proposals for the future of community governance in Hampton in Arden and Catherine-de-Barnes. There will then be a period of ten weeks for consultations on the proposals.

The final proposals will be made in response to the outcome of those consultations. They may significantly change the draft proposals, because the Council will endeavour again to encompass the broadly held views of the residents of the affected areas insofar as they are compatible with the legal tests and policies.

There will then be a two-month period before the Council publishes its recommendations in this Review, and this period allows time for any final submissions and arguments to be made covering matters which may not have arisen earlier in the review.

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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