Parish Boundary Review


de Barnes


Village Hall comp 2015

A Possible Future for Catherine de Barnes ?

At present, the village of Catherine de Barnes is split between the Hampton in Arden Parish Council area (polling district BH06) and the unparished area to the west of the Grand Union Canal (polling district BH07). See map link below.

To promote better community cohesion and more effective local government, we are asking for a redrawing of the boundary so that the whole of the village of Catherine de Barnes is within the parish of Hampton in Arden.

November 29th 2017: SMBC PRESS RELEASE : Parish Boundary Review

Solihull Council has received a petition requesting a Community Governance Review (CGR) to incorporate the whole of Catherine-de-Barnes into the Hampton in Arden Parish Council boundary.
The petition was signed by the required number of electors to trigger a review under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. A CGR is a legal process where councils can consider creating, merging and altering parishes, among other possibilities.
The petition was entitled “Hampton in Arden Parish Council has agreed to a request from Catherine-de-Barnes Residents’ Association to incorporate the ward known as BH07 (that is the area of Catherine-de-Barnes west of the Grand Union Canal) into the Parish of Hampton in Arden (Ward BH06).”
A consultation period on the Terms of Reference will begin on 29 November and run until 31 December. This document will explain the aims of the review, the legislation that guide it and some of the policies that the Council considers important in its reviewing process. Copies of the terms of reference document will be available from 29 November and can be viewed online at (Or click here for the consultation documents:

Paper copies will also be available at Hampton in Arden Library, Solihull Connect in Theatre Square and at the Council House reception, Manor Square.
Residents in Catherine-de-Barnes and Hampton in Arden are encouraged to let the Council know their views during the consultation period. Comments can be left online, emailed to or posted to Electoral Services, Solihull Council, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 9QS.

Draft proposals will be prepared and open to consultation in the new year. Final proposals will then be prepared and open to consultation later in 2018.

Why is this important?
The current parish boundaries were drawn up long before the settlement of Catherine de Barnes grew into the village we now know. The separation between the parish of Hampton in Arden and the unparished area is now outdated, and no longer reflects the community. It means that some residents living in the village do not have a say on Hampton in Arden Parish Council because they live outside the area. In other words, the current community governance arrangements hinder effective local government.
The proposal will unify the village and its representation through Hampton in Arden Parish Council. The Parish Council is a Statutory Consultee on all planning and development matters with the Local Authority. Parish Councils are funded by a precept charge which currently amounts to just over 60p per week for a Band D property.
The increased devolution of powers and responsibilities for some local services falls to Parish Councils and this is reflected in the recently adopted Hampton-in-Arden Neighbourhood Plan, within which only part of Catherine de Barnes is included. The proposal seeks to rectify this. A Neighbourhood Plan(NP) enables the local community to have a significant input as to how that Community develops which Local Authorities are required to take into account when considering any development in that locality .
In the event that our proposal is successful there would an Addendum to the Hampton NP to incorporate the newly parished area into the Plan.
If adopted, we would like to see the new parish warded and one additional Parish Councillor elected to represent a new Catherine de Barnes ward.

The above recommendation will, improve community engagement,bring communities closer together,create better local democracy · result in more efficient delivery of local services.

We are, therefore, asking Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to undertake a community governance review to ensure that community governance arrangements reflect local identities and facilitate effective and convenient local government.

A petition was successfully signed by enough electors within the pollng districts BH06 and BH07 and this has triggered a Review under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. The next step is for SMBC to consult the residents of both wards as to their views and come to a decision as to whether or not to proceed with the proposal.