Community Governance Review

Broxtowe Borough Council is about to start a Community Governance Review which will provide an opportunity to review and make changes to governance arrangements at parish level in the north of the borough.

The terms of reference for the review will be published here on 1 December 2023.

The report to Governance, Audit and Standards Committee on 27 November 2023 which contains full details of the review can be viewed here.


The timetable for the review will be

Stage Action Timescale Dates
  • Terms of reference published
  • Stakeholders notified with clear definition of remit of review
  1 December 2023
Preliminary stage
  • Local briefings and meetings (members/parish & town councils)
One month 1 December 2023 – 31 December 2023
Stage One
  • Initial submissions invited from stakeholders on future arrangements under terms of reference
Three months 1 January 2024 – 31 March 2024
Stage Two
  • Consideration of submissions received
  • Draft recommendations prepared
  • Draft recommendations to be considered by Council
Two months 1 April 2024 – 31 May 2024
Stage Three
  • Draft recommendations published for consultation
  • Stakeholders notified
Three months 1 June 2024 – 31 August 2024
Stage Four
  • Consideration of submissions received
  • Final recommendations prepared
  • Final recommendations published concluding the review
  1 September 2024 - 31 October 2024
  • Final recommendations considered by Council and decision made on arrangements with resolution to make a Reorganisation Order
  November 2024
  • Reorganisation Order made
One month later December 2024


 What can the Community Governance Review Change?

A Community Governance Review can make a number of 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 town 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
  • the name of a parish
  • grouping together a number of parishes under a common parish council

Why has Broxtowe Borough Council decided to undertake a review now?

We have a legal duty to ensure that community governance arrangements:

  • reflect the identities and interests of the community in the area
  • are effective and convenient (this relates to the ability of parishes to provide services for its residents)

Any proposed changes will need to be considered in that light.

The Council has identified a number of potential changes which could be made to parish boundaries to, in its opinion, bring about more cohesive communities.  Any changes to parishes will be in place for the elections in 2027.

How does a Community Governance Review Work?

Between now and the end of March the Council will be asking town and parish councils. local residents and organisations to give us their views on the options to be put out for consultation, as well as any other changes (including no change) they would like to see considered in the review.

We will publish details of all representations received.  A Task and Finish Group of Borough councillors will consider them and put forward a set of draft recommendations to the Governance, Audit and Standards Committee for public consultation as appropriate.

The Task and Finish Group will then consider the detailed results of the second public consultation and make final recommendations to a meeting of Broxtowe Borough Council.  Following the decisions of the Council we will make the necessary legal Order and the take other steps required to implement them.

How can I make representations? 

Representations can be made in writing and addressed to The Head of Administrative Services, Broxtowe Borough Council, Council Offices, Foster Avenue, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 1AB or by email to

Representations must be made by 31 March 2024.


Community Governance Review