Community Governance Review

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are carrying out a Community Governance Review of parishes, towns, and unparished areas in the districts.

Find below the updated terms of reference for the Community Governance Reviews:

View the Babergh District Council Community Governance Review Terms of Reference (27th April 2023)

The terms of reference are also available for inspection by appointment at Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX.

What is a Community Governance Review?

A Community Governance Review is a statutory process to review the whole of the district to consider one or more of the following:

  • Creating, merging, altering, or abolishing parishes
  • The naming of parishes and the style of new parishes
  • The electoral arrangements for parishes (i.e. the ordinary year of election; council size; the number of councillors to be elected to the council, parish warding)
  • Grouping new or existing parishes under a common parish council or de-grouping existing parishes

View the Babergh District Council Community Governance Review Notice

Action Timeline Details
Report to Full Council March 2022 Council approves the principle of the Community Governance Review and it terms of reference
Publish terms of reference 30th March 2022 Publish terms of reference and notify stakeholders of the commencement of the Review
Prepare draft consultation document and invite initial submissions April to May 2022

Initial submissions invited from:

  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Members of Parliament
  • Local groups and interested parties
Deadline for initial submissions 27th May 2022  
Consider submissions May to June 2022 Consider any submissions received by the elections team and prepare a report with informed draft recommendations
Publish draft recommendations October 2022  
Make final recommendations December 2022 Consider any further final submissions and prepare a report with the final recommendations
Publish final recommendations February 2023  

Final Recommendations

View the final Babergh recommendations from the Community Governance Review (January 2023)

Published Orders

The Babergh (Lawshall Parish) Order - 21st September 2023

The Babergh (Sudbury) Order - 13th February 2024

Copies of published orders are available for inspection by appointment at Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX.