Throop and Holdenhurst Community Governance Review

Residents of the Throop and Holdenhurst area in Bournemouth have submitted a petition to request the creation of a new parish of Throop and Holdenhurst (incorporating the existing parish of Holdenhurst). 

We are now undertaking a Community Governance Review in response to this request. 

What is a Community Governance Review?

A Community Governance Review considers one or more of the following: 

  • Creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes
  • Naming of parishes and style of new parishes
  • Electoral arrangements for parishes (year of election, size, number of councillors, parish warding)

The aim of the review is to consider and bring about:

  • better local democracy
  • improved community engagement
  • efficient, more effective and convenient delivery of local services
  • and ensure electors across the area affected will be treated fairly and equitably

Areas to be reviewed

The Community Governance Review includes the following parts of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole district area:

a) the existing parish of Holdenhurst

b) the unparished parts of the Muscliff and Strouden Park district ward.

Have your say

Consultation on draft recommendations for a new parish council runs from Friday 15 November 2019 until Friday 7 February 2020.

The results will be considered and presented to cabinet on 18 March 2020.


Community Governance Review Consultation Timetable



  Approval of Terms of Reference and timetable 
  15/07/2019    Publication of Notice and Terms of Reference and Stakeholder Notification of commencement of the review 

Stage One

Invite initial submissions 

15/07/2019 to 01/09/2019  7 weeks Initial submissions invited Consultation/Representations. Consultation with stakeholders 
Stage Two – Consider submissions 

02/09/2019 to 05/11/2019

Cabinet 09/10/2019

Council 05/11/2019 
2 months  Consideration of submissions received – draft recommendations prepared 
Stage Three – Consultation on Draft Recommendations  15/11/2019 to 07/02/2020  12 weeks Publish draft recommendations for further consultation 
Stage Four – Final Recommendations

10/02/2020 to 31/03/2020

Cabinet 18/03/2020

Council 31/03/2020
7 weeks

Consideration of further submissions received and prepare final recommendations

Final recommendations published – concluding review

Council resolves to make a Reorganisation Order