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Parish Council meetings are now taking place physically, when considered necessary and safe to do so. Agendas are published with 3 clear days notice on this website and on the noticeboard.  The Parish Assembly for 2021 has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.  

Scheme of Delegation policy is in place to ensure essential Parish Council business continuity.

Parish Council Planning Application responses submitted under the Scheme of Delegation can be viewed on the Planning Applications page above.



Make a difference and become a Parish Councillor, your Parish needs you!

Houghton Parish Council currently has two vacancies for Parish Councillors and these will be filled by co-option

By taking a place on the Parish Council you will be able to represent the village and bring your ideas to the table which will be considered, debated and resolved by a vote. It is your chance to have a say on the future of the village and to be part of the team considering matters such as housing and development, traffic and speeding, village assets and how public money is spent.

Appointments to the positions will be by majority vote of the Parish Council, at its next meeting.  Candidates will be invited to speak about themselves at this meeting.

Electors who are interested in standing are invited to submit a letter of application to the Clerk.

Contact the Parish Clerk - Mrs Clare Cotterell - Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01264 782869 - Address: c/o Homeleigh, Jacks Bush, Lopcombe, Salisbury SP5 1BZ

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • A British Citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union.
  • 18 years of age or over.
  • A registered Elector for the parish
  • In the past twelve months either:
  1. Lived in the parish, or within 3 miles of it
  2. Occupied, as owner or tenant, land or other premises in the parish.
  3. Been employed, as principal or only employment, within the parish.

Applicants cannot:

  • Have been convicted of a crime within the past 5 years.
  • Have been made bankrupt.


About Houghton Village

Houghton is a quintessential rural village in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, situated alongside the River Test. 

The village is a dispersed linear settlement, mostly strung out along the single road through the village, which broadly follows the course of the River Test.  Houghton is dominated by two large estates at either end of the Parish, which are the Houghton Lodge and Bossington Estates.  The majority of the Parish falls within a Conservation Area, originally designated in 1990.  Most recently during May 2017, the Parish was designated as a Neighbourhood Area.

A number of footpaths intersect in Houghton, including the Test Way and the Clarendon Way, which crosses the River Test by way of a footbridge known locally as 'Sheep Bridge' where an iconic view can be found.  Most of the fishing within and around the village is owned by either estate or the exclusive Houghton Club, founded in 1822, making it the oldest fishing club in England.

Houghton has a village pub, The Boot Inn, with a garden running down to the banks of the River Test.

The village also has a Village Hall, which is used for local functions, such as coffee mornings, an annual Harvest Supper, WI and are host to the Houghton Trail.   There is a recreation ground behind the hall, where there is a children's playground.

The village church is All Saints and a War Memorial stands centrally in the village to commemorate those who fought and lost lives in WWII.

Houghton Parish Council consists of 7 Councillors and a Parish Clerk.  The Council meet on a bi monthly basis at the Houghton Village Hall, usually on a Tuesday in January, March, May, July, September and November at 7.30pm.  All electors are invited to attend an Annual Parish Assembly which is usually held in April.  Click to view the Schedule of Meeting dates.