Somerset County Council

Somerset Travel Plan Guidance


The Somerset Travel Plan Guidance sets out to ensure that proposed developments contribute to modal shift; defines the expected content of travel plans; aims to ensure that good quality cycle parking and other on-site physical facilities effectively support new development; sets a consistent process for the delivery of promised travel plan outcomes; and describes the overall process for efficient and predictable decisions for the development industry.

It is intended that the text within the document forms the basis of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to be offered to Local Planning Authorities (the District Councils in Somerset) for adoption as part of their local development plans. It has been prepared by Somerset County Council (SCC) and was adopted as formal SCC technical guidance in November 2011.

The thresholds at which Measures-only Travel Statements, Travel Plan Statements, and Full Travel Plans will be required are set out below

You can find the document in the Information and resources section.

Travel plan thresholds

Full travel plans:

  • 800m2 - A1 (non-food 1500m2)
  • 1500m2 - B1
  • 2500m2 - B2
  • 5000m2 - B8
  • 50 dwellings - C3 

Travel plan statements:

  • 500m2 - A1 
  • 1000m2 - B1
  • 1500m2 - B2
  • 2000m2 - B8
  • 30 dwellings - C3 

Measures-only travel statements:

  • 100m2 - A1
  • 500m2 - B1
  • 1000m2 - B2
  • 1000m2 - B8
  • 10 dwellings - C3 

Further explanations/caveats and other use types are covered in the Travel Planning Guidance which should be referred to in all cases.

Information and resources

Somerset Travel Planning GuidanceEnabling Smarter Travel through Travel Planning in Somerset - main document

  • Individual Sections of the Guidance:
  • Section i: Cover and Contents
  • Section ii: Engagement and Summary
  • Section iii: Acknowledgements, Abbreviations and References
  • Section 1: Introduction
  • Section 2: Delivery
  • Section 3: Travel Plan Contents
  • Section 4: Infrastructure
  • Section 5: Securing
  • Section 6: Monitoring


  • Appendices:
  • Appendix 1: Schools
  • Appendix 2: Residential Travel Vouchers
  • Appendix 3: Approval Record
  • Appendix 4: Conditions
  • Appendix 5: Risks
  • Appendix 6: Template
  • Appendix 7: Annual Report
  • Appendix 8: s106
  • Appendix 9: Measures only Travel Statement
  • Appendix 10: Business Dossier
  • Appendix 11: Surveys
  • Appendix 12: Safeguards 
  • Appendix 13: Residential Heads of Terms 



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