It will be easier to create a new parish council in the future, under new measures announced by local government minister, Don Foster.
The number of petition signatures needs to create a new parish council will be reduced from 10% of the local population to 7.5%. Local authorities will also need to decide on parish council applications within a year, speeding up the decision process.
The measures will also make it easier for community groups to set up town and parish councils by removing the needs for them to produce a petition if they have created a neighbourhood plan.
Mr Foster said: ‘The process for creating parishes will continue to be robust, with the local authority retaining the power to decide whether a new parish should be set up. The difference for campaigners and local councils will be a far easier, quicker and more democratic process.’