The practice was granted planning permission in the Coombe Hill Conservation Area of Kingston upon Thames, Surrey following appeal after the scheme for Q Developments was refused planning permission last summer, despite positive feedback from the Kingston Design Review Panel.Two new interlocking houses, each with its own central courtyard, have been sited around a number of mature trees already on the site, creating a carefully designed composition within the verdant character of the area. The 6000 sqft houses are designed to symmetrically reflect one another and are slightly staggered on the gradient of the site. Internally, rooms are positioned around a central courtyard which brings light to the lower ground floor. The ground floor is devoted to family life and entertainment. Planning permission was originally refused on the basis of the building's incongruous appearance, mass and bulk in relation to the surrounding conservation area. The scheme has been strongly supported by the Kingston Design Review Panel who stated, 'the concept adds something to the character of diverse neighbourning building'. Terry Pawson Architects are delighted with the final outcome and the development is scheduled to go on site summer 2008.