South Cambridgeshire District
Cambourne, a new town and the administrative centre of the district
Cambourne, a new town and the administrative centre of the district
South Cambridgeshire shown within Cambridgeshire
South Cambridgeshire shown within Cambridgeshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countyCambridgeshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQCambourne
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodySouth Cambridgeshire District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat)
 • MPsAnthony Browne (C)
Lucy Frazer (C)
 • Total348.12 sq mi (901.63 km2)
 • Rank40th (of 309)
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total159,086
 • Rank124th (of 309)
 • Density460/sq mi (180/km2)
 • Ethnicity
97.1% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code12UG (ONS)
E07000012 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTL318598
Longstanton, one of the many villages of the district
Longstanton, one of the many villages of the district

South Cambridgeshire is a local government district of Cambridgeshire, England, with a population of 148,755 at the 2011 census.[1] It was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Chesterton Rural District and South Cambridgeshire Rural District. It completely surrounds the city of Cambridge, which is administered separately from the district by Cambridge City Council.

Southern Cambridgeshire, including both the district of South Cambridgeshire and the city of Cambridge, has a population of over 281,000 (including students) and an area of 1,017.28 km square.

Oakington, one of the many villages in the district
Oakington, one of the many villages in the district

On the abolition of South Herefordshire and Hereford districts to form the unitary Herefordshire in 1998, South Cambridgeshire became the only English district to completely encircle another.

The district's coat of arms contains a tangential reference to the coat of arms of the University of Cambridge[2] by way of the coat of arms of Cambridge suburb Chesterton.[3] The motto, Niet Zonder Arbyt, means "Not Without Work" (or effort) in pre-standard Dutch; the only Dutch motto in British civic heraldry. It was originally the motto of Cornelius Vermuyden, who drained the Fens in the 17th century. The district council's headquarters moved from Cambridge to Cambourne in 2004.

South Cambridgeshire has scored highly on the best places to live, according to Channel 4, which ranked South Cambridgeshire as the fifth-best place to live in 2006.[citation needed] A Halifax survey rated South Cambridgeshire the best place to live in rural Britain, and sixth best overall in 2017.[4]

Histon, one of the largest villages in the district
Histon, one of the largest villages in the district

In 2010 South Cambridgeshire had the highest median household income in the country of Cambridgeshire.[5]

List of settlements

Abington Piggotts – Arrington – Babraham – Balsham – Bar Hill – Barrington – Bartlow – Barton – Bassingbourn cum Kneesworth – Bourn – Boxworth – Caldecote – Cambourne – Carlton – Castle Camps – Caxton – Childerley – Chishills – Chittering – Comberton – Conington – Coton – Cottenham – Croxton – Croydon – Dry Drayton – Duxford – Elsworth – Eltisley – Fen Ditton – Fen Drayton – Fowlmere – Foxton – Fulbourn – Gamlingay – Girton – Grantchester – Graveley – Great Abington – Great Eversden – Great Shelford – Great Wilbraham – Guilden Morden – Hardwick – Harlton – Harston – Haslingfield – Hatley – Hauxton – Heydon – Hildersham – Hinxton – Histon – Horseheath – Horningsea – Ickleton – Impington – Kingston – Knapwell – Landbeach – Linton – Litlington – Little Abington – Little Eversden – Little Gransden – Little Shelford – Little Wilbraham – Lolworth – Longstanton – Longstowe – Madingley – Melbourn – Meldreth – Milton – Newton – Oakington – Orchard Park – Orwell – Over – Pampisford – Papworth Everard – Papworth St Agnes – Rampton – Sawston – Shepreth – Shingay cum Wendy – Shudy Camps – Six Mile Bottom – Stapleford – Steeple Morden – Stow-cum-Quy – Swavesey – Tadlow – Teversham – Thriplow & Heathfield – Toft – Waterbeach – West Wickham – West Wratting – Weston Colville – Westwick – Whaddon – Whittlesford – Willingham – Wimpole

Local government

See also: South Cambridgeshire District Council and South Cambridgeshire local elections

South Cambridgeshire District Council's headquarters are located in South Cambridgeshire Hall in the Cambourne Business Park in Cambourne.[6] The council consists of 45 councillors (reduced from 57 in 2018), representing 26 electoral wards (reduced from 34 in 2018). Since 2018 the council has been run by the Liberal Democrats. Before this, from 2007, the Conservatives had control, and prior to that, no party had overall control of the council.

Party Councillors
Liberal Democrat 37
Conservative 8


Cambridge Airport is located in South Cambridgeshire.[7]

The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway passes through South Cambridgeshire.


ScotAirways has its head office on the grounds of Cambridge Airport in South Cambridgeshire.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Non-Metropolitan District council population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  2. ^ "South Cambs coat of arms".
  3. ^ "Chesterton coat of arms".
  4. ^ "Halifax survey".
  5. ^ "Cambridgeshires Economic Assessment People Profile.pdf" (PDF). Cambridgeshire Insight.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "How to find us Archived 23 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine." South Cambridgeshire. Retrieved on 6 June 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Local Plan 2004 map 27b – Cambridge Airport." South Cambridgeshire District Council. Retrieved on 6 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Contact Us." ScotAirways. Retrieved on 29 September 2009.

Coordinates: 52°07′55″N 0°06′18″E / 52.132°N 0.105°E / 52.132; 0.105