The changes will come into effect at the next district council elections in 2019

North Devon Council (NDC) will reduce the number of councillors on its roll as part of a boundary shake-up.

The council agreed a reduce its size from 43 members to 41 at its full meeting on Wednesday.

The decision is the first stage of a boundary review requested by the Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBC).

NDC’s head of corporate and community, Ken Miles, said the council ‘had not started drawing lines’ for where individual wards will fall.

Addressing councillors at the meeting, he said: “We looked at reductions of 13, 10 and five, an increase in numbers of three, and finally a reduction of two, which members preferred.

“This boundary review rips up everything we have got now. You will be setting up new boundaries and naming those wards.”

The council’s next step is to review their boundaries before a full consultation.

The final proposals are expected to be submitted to the LGBC by June. Parish boundaries are not affected by the review.

Housing figures suggest each councillor would represent approximately 2,136 people under the new changes – an increase of nearly 400.

The council’s estimations suggest 87,607 people will make up the electorate in North Devon by 2023, an increase of nearly 12,000.

However, Mr Miles said those figures were a ‘work in progress’.