Community Governance Review

This is the process for a district council to make changes to parish areas, usually at the request of parishes.

We have to publish details of the areas that will be looked at during the review called the Terms of Reference.

Graven Hill

At full Council on 15 May 2018, the Terms of Reference were approved for a new Community Governance Review, concentrating on the Graven Hill area outside Bicester.

A working group will consider whether or not the area of the Graven Hill development should be moved into the parish of Bicester, or stay in the parish of Ambrosden.

The map that accompanies the Terms of Reference shows the area that is covered by this review.

An initial consultation period was held between 25 May and 22 June, asking people if they thought it was a good idea to consider moving Graven Hill into Bicester.

The results of the first consultation were considered by full Council at their meeting on 16 July 2018, and recommendations were made.

A second consultation period was held between 30 July and 14 September 2018. The results of the second consultation and the final recommendations were reported to and approved by full Council on 30 October 2018. A formal Community Governance Review Order will now be produced, to implement the changes.

Previous Reviews

We have recently completed Community Governance Reviews for:

  • Upper Heyford - splitting the existing parish into two new parishes, to take effect from 1 April 2019;
  • Fritwell, Stratton Audley, Tadmarton, Weston-on-the-Green and Yarnton Parish Councils - requested changes in their number of parish councillors.

If you have any questions about the Community Governance Review process, or would like more information about any of the recent reviews, please contact the Democratic and Elections team: