Summary of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cycle Parking Standards

The South Cambridgeshire District Council Local Plan sets out their cycle parking requirements, in Chapter 10.

See Chapter 10, page 230 [PDF page 10], starting Paragraph 10.25 then Figure 11:

Local Plan (South Cambridgeshire) 2018 PDF, linked to South Cambridgeshire District Council’s website.

From South Cambridgeshire Local Plan: Deposit, September 2018. Figure 11, “Parking Provision”.


Some excerpts from the 2018 Local Plan. One of the biggest changes from the previous Local Plan is that all residential dwellings are now required to have at least one secure cycle parking space per bedroom.

Policy HQ/1

All new development must be of high quality design, with a clear vision
as to the positive contribution the development will make to its local
and wider context. As appropriate to the scale and nature of the
development, proposals must [see the Local Plan for full list]:

  • Achieve a permeable development with ease of movement and
    access for all users and abilities, with user friendly and
    conveniently accessible streets and other routes both within the
    development and linking with its surroundings and existing and
    proposed facilities and services, focusing on delivering attractive
    and safe opportunities for walking, cycling, public transport and,
    where appropriate, horse riding;
  • Provide safe and convenient access for all users and abilities to
    public buildings and spaces, including those with limited mobility
    or those with other impairment such as of sight or hearing;
  • Provide safe, secure, convenient and accessible provision for
    cycle parking.
  • Design-out crime and create an environment that is created for
    people that is and feels safe, and has a strong community focus.

Policy TI/3

  • Cycle parking should be provided to at least the minimum standards
    set out in Figure 11.
  • Residential garages will only be counted towards car and cycle parking
    provision where they meet a minimum size requirement.

    • Minimum size of residential garage (or car port) should be 3.3m x 6m for a car, with an additional 1m at the end and/or 650-750mm at the side of a garage to park cycles.
  • All parking provision must be provided in a manner that accords with
    Policy HQ/1 and the developer must provide clear justification for the
    level and type of parking proposed in the Design and Access Statement
    and/or Travel Plan.

10.25 Provision of cycle parking to at least the minimum standards in Figure 11 will assist
in encouraging more people to cycle for some journeys in that they will be assured
of a safe and secure place to park their bicycle at each end of their journey. For
residential purposes cycle parking should be within a covered, lockable enclosure;
for houses this could be in the form of a shed or garage, for flats either individual
lockers or cycle stands within a lockable, covered enclosure are required. For all
other developments cycle parking should be covered and in a convenient, secure
location, with visitor parking located as near as possible to the main entrance of
buildings. All cycle parking should be designed and located to minimise conflict
between cycles, pedestrians and vehicles. Some flexibility will be applied to
applications where it can be demonstrated that strict adherence to the standards for
a multi-purpose site is likely to result in a duplication of provision. Guidance on the
design and dimensions of cycle racks or stands will be provided in a District Design
Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

Figure 11

Residential dwellings – Class C3
One secure cycle space per bedroom
Hotels and Guest Houses – Class C1
One secure cycle space per two employees working at the same time.
Residential accommodation for people in need of care – Class C2
One secure cycle space per two members of staff working at the same time. Hospitals will be determined according to the needs of each proposal.
Student residential accommodation
One secure cycle space per bedspace
Small shops
One secure cycle space per 25sq.m. gross floorspace
Convenience superstores (over 1400sq.m.)
One secure cycle space per 25sq.m. gross floorspace
One secure cycle space per 25sq.m. gross floorspace.
Public Houses
One secure cycle space per 20sq.m. bar area.
Restaurants, dining rooms and cafes
One secure cycle space per 10sq.m. of dining area.
One secure cycle space per 30sq.m. gross floorspace.
One secure cycle space per 40sq.m. gross floorspace.
On merit.
Clinics and surgeries
Two secure cycle spaces per consulting room.
Educational establishments.
Secure cycle parking at a rate of 30% for pupils over 5 years of age and at a rate of 60% for pupils over 12 years of age. In any university development, the rate shall be 100% of secure cycle parking provision for the number of students using the building at any one time.
Churches and other places of assembly
One secure cycle space per 15sq.m. of floorspace
Sports/recreational facilities/swimming baths
One secure cycle space per 25sq.m. of net floorspace and for every 15 seats provided for spectators.
One secure cycle space per three seats