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TP Bennett wins green light for 'hidden house' - image

TP Bennett Architects has finally been given the green light, following an appeal to the Secretary of State, for this 'hidden house' in a conservation area in West London.

The two-bedroom home in Kensington will feature two green-roofed, partially-sunk pavilions within a 'secret' walled garden and surrounded by Grade II-listed buildings.

The scheme in Kensington and Chelsea's oldest designated conservation area was originally turned down by the council, but the planning inspector decided to give the project the thumbs up claiming that the 'secret house in a secret garden would succeed well in its aims.'

Designed for a private client, the proposals incorporate a range of green features, such as a solar-water heating system, photovoltaic cells, energy-saving glazing, greywater recycling and insulation made from recycled newspaper.

Work is expected to commence on site later this year and complete in 2008.

by Richard Waite

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