Mixed use and reverse sensitivity Print

Design Outcome

​​​​​Design Checklist

  • Mutually compatible uses are located together to benefit each other and the surrounding area
  • Where diverse uses are placed in close proximity, reverse sensitivity issues have been considered for all users​​


Location is an important factor in the success of mixed use developments. Town centre and mixed use zones are usually expected to accommodate an increase in density and range of uses, including residential uses. 

Particular consideration needs to be made when residential uses are included in a development (or are located on adjacent sites) as residential activities can be particularly prone to reverse sensitivity effects.


Better Design Practice

Create a well-designed “sense of place” to attract business and employment uses, and a diverse range of good quality residential accommodation.
  • Provide a mix of uses that meet community, social and economic needs
  • Give the community good access, via walking and public transport, to services and community facilities
  • Design out and manage reverse sensitivity issues such as noise and privacy

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