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A2. Parking Standards

Parking Standards for Oxfordshire are set out in the Local Transport Plan. They are reproduced here.

  • Note 1:
    All standards in all locations are maximums. evelopment may provide less parking but should not provide more.
  • Note 2:
    The Standards will apply to all areas in West Oxfordshire. Proposals in Witney town centre which propose levels of parking below the standards will be considered favourably, provided no highway problems would result.
  • Note 3:
    There will be a presumption that the standards will also apply to developments below the threshold size but each case will be considered  on merit with regard to the availability of public transport and accessibility of the site to pedestrians and cyclists. Thresholds are set out in PPG13 (Transport).
  • Note 4:
    Where areas are quoted, they are gross areas based on the external dimensions of the relevant buildings.
  • Note 5:
    Where developers are proposing levels of parking significantly below the maximum levels they will be required to demonstrate that this will not have any highway safety implications.
  • Note 6:
    Standards for cycle parking are set out in the County Cycling Strategy - a supporting document to the Local Transport Plan, and are reproduced here.
  • Note 7:
    Wider parking spaces will be required for disabled persons vehicles ie 5.0m x 3.2m. Provision should be made for car parking spaces wherever conventional parking spaces are provided, particularly in relation to community, retail and commercial development. The
    percentage provision to be made will be related to the scale of overall parking provision on the particular site involved and in the wider area generally.

Maximum Car Parking Standards for West Oxfordshire (Zones A & B not applicable)

Development Type
Zone C - Small Towns
Thresholds (See Notes 3 & 4)
1 bed dwelling - 1 space;
2-3 bed dwellings - 2 spaces;
4+ beds - 2+ spaces on merit
Food Retail *
1 space per 14m21000m2
Non-food Retail *
1 space per 20m21000m2
Use Class B1 & A2 (including offices)
1 space per 30m2500m2
General Industry
1 space per 50m2500m2
Use Class B8 Warehousing
1 space per 200m21000m2
Use Class D2 Assembly& Leisure *
1 space per 22m21000m2
Cinemas and Conference Centres *
1 space per 5 seats
Hotels and Guest Houses1 space per bedroom
To be assessed individually based on location, accessibilty by alternative modes to the private ar and scale.
Higher and Further Education
1 space per 2 staff and 1 space per 15 students
Use Class A3
1 space per 5m2 of public space
To be assessed individually. Guideline: 1 space per 15 seats
1500 Seats

* a strict PPG6 (sequential test) locational policy will apply to these land uses.

Cycle Parking Standards - Minimum Levels

Development Type
Employee or Resident Requirement
Visitor Requirement
Residential1 bed dwelling - 1 space;
2+ beds - 2 spaces
1 stand per 2 units, where there are more than 4 units
Food Retail
1 space per 12 staff*
1 stand per 200m2
Non-food Retail
1 space per 6 staff
1 stand per 200m2
Use Class A2
1 stand per 12 staff**
1 stand per 100m2
Use Class B1
1 stand per 150m21 stand per 500m2
Use Class B2
1 stand per 350m21 stand per 500m2
Use Class B81 stand per 500m21 stand per 1000m2
Use Class D2 Assembly & Leisure
1 stand per 12 staff**1 stand per 20m2
Cinemas and Conference Centres1 stand per 12 staff**1 stand per 20m2
Hotels and Guest Houses
1 stand per 12 staff**1 stand per 10 beds
Hospitals1 stand per 12 staff On merits
Higher and Further Education
Subject to individual assessmentSubject to individual assessment
Use Class A3
1 stand per 12 staff
1 stand per 20m2 of public space
1 stand per 12 staff**
On merits (guide 1 stand per 30 staff)


  1. Where number of staff is not known: * = 1 staff per 50m2, ** = 1 staff per 7m2
  2. Residential garages should be designed to allow space for car plus storage of cycles where appropriate
  3. 1 stand = 2 spaces. The total number of stands to be provided should be rounded upwards. The preferred stand is of the ‘Sheffield’ type
  4. All cycle parking facilities to be secure and located in convenient positions
  5. Residential visitor parking should be provided as communal parking at convenient and appropriate locations throughout the development

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