UK Parliamentary Boundary Review

This is the Boundary Commission review of parliamentary constituency boundaries following the proposed reduction of the number of MPs to 600.  The Boundary Commission was asked to consider where the new boundaries should be to ensure a fair and equal distribution of electors in each constituency.

The review requires parliamentary consent after which the new boundaries will come into force at the next full UK parliamentary elections following the review.

Further information, including the report and recommendations delivered to government by the Commission, can be obtained from the Boundary Commission's website

Community Governance Review

Community Governance Reviews provide the opportunity for principal councils to review and make changes to community governance in their areas - essentially the creation of or changes to parish and town councils.  Reviews can be triggered by:

  • principal councils as a result of changes in housing, population or development;
  • at the request of parish councils; or
  • as a result of a public petition.

A Community Governance Review is a legal process whereby the Council will consult with those living in the area, and other interested parties, on the most suitable ways of representing the people in the areas identified in the review.  It can consider one or more of the following:

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

Current reviews:


Recently completed reviews:

Woolsington Parish Council:

Final Recommendations (pdf, 647kb)
The Order (pdf, 230kb)

Local Government Boundary Reviews

In November 2016 the Local Government Boundary Commission for England concluded their electoral review of Newcastle.

Their final recommendations are:

  • Newcastle upon Tyne should be represented by 78 councillors, the same number as there are now;
  • Newcastle upon Tyne should have 26 wards, the same number as there are now; and
  • The boundaries of all wards should change; none will stay the same.

Even though the number of councillors will stay the same, the shape and size of council wards had to change because of housing developments and changes to the city’s populations.

The Commission have developed their final recommendations based on feedback received through two phases of consultation, including detailed proposals submitted on behalf of the council.

Details of the new ward boundaries are outlined in the report, which is available at the Boundary Commission's website.

The new boundaries were established in May 2018.


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Principal Electoral and Members Services Officer
Ian Humphries
Telephone: 0191 277 7175

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