Creating a Home within your Home - Dower Units

Creating a Home within your Home - Dower Units

“My big brother and I were part of the post world war baby boom lasting until the early 1960’s - the original ”baby boomers”.  I loved the harness - our mum was well ahead of her time in terms of health and safety! Whilst my parents worked their socks off taking advantage of increasing optimism and consumerism, my brother and I enjoyed remarkable freedoms by current standards. 

Along with my peers, we embarked on no end of mischief until we finally grew up in our late twenties. At around this time, my father managed to make himself homeless with some less than brilliant negotiations with a new landlord, giving rise to the possibility of us somehow accommodating them. Thankfully my wife agreed to a plan to install them on the ground floor of our house. Generally, it has worked out happily, particularly for our two children with grandma on tap full time.

It got me thinking about Dower Units and how the Planning Service deals with this issue. Planning Advice Note 1 “Dower Units: A Guide to Development” is an excellent piece of work clearly spelling out the issues involved. Unfortunately, it is plastered with warnings not to rely on this information.

Hopefully, the Planners will get round to reviewing the document or at the very least withdraw it until then to avoid confusion all round. The good news is that IDP Policy is generally sympathetic and supports the principle of providing this historical entitlement under Guernsey Law.”

If you are considering helping a long-suffering parent or alternatively are parents rescuing their offspring then we are pleased to say Pete has a vast knowledge within this area to help you. He is always available for an informal chat over the phone (or even coffee!) so please do not hesitate to get in touch - we want to make life easy for you.

Give Pete a call on 07781 103512.


Guernsey Studio

Guelles Court
Guelles Lane
St Peter Port

9am - 5:30pm   |   01481 712633

Jersey Studio

12 Britannia Place
Bath Street
St Helier

9am - 5:30pm   |   01534 767950

Ollie Muston MCIAT


T: 01481 712633

Having been educated and grown up in Guernsey and developing a passion for technical design work, information technology and an intrigue for building design and history during his GCSE years, Oliver decided to commence his career in 1999 as an Architectural Technologist with Lovell Ozanne one of the largest architectural practices in the Channel Islands,  During those first inspiring 9 years he gained his BTEC HNC qualification increasing his fundamental experience and developing his knowledge base by working on multi-million pound commercial and residential developments including, Mixed Use and Redevelopment Areas (MURA), offices, apartments and industrial units.  

Moving to the States of Guernsey’s Property Services Team in 2008, Oliver was able to learn invaluable working skills and practices, increasing his expanding skillset in tendering and contract administration, whilst having the opportunity to work on public buildings and the differing challenges brought about by these types of projects. These projects encompassed education premises, States buildings with high security requirements, projects at the airport and harbours and fully accessible health facilities.  Full Accessibility audits for the health facilities became a prominent project for Oliver as his career progressed and he carried out a number of audits and reports for substantial business within the Island.

Now with a total of 21 years’ experience within the industry, his expansive knowledge not only covers all areas of a very vast field, but includes all aspects of a project from inception right through to the final handover of a completed project; which, for Oliver is the most rewarding experience. 

Oliver’s exceptional wealth of knowledge has lead him to gain his chartership with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and was formally invited to become an Interview Assessor for the Institute in 2015, a position limited to only a small number and in which someone can only be invited by the Institute.  Oliver completed the necessary assessor training a few months later.  

Ever striving to continue growing and expanding his professional knowledge, Oliver is a driven member of PF+A and one of the top in his field. With his professional yet friendly approachable nature he is an individual able to facilitate and communicate to clients, contractors, sub-contractors and other third parties to ensure that a project is always the best it can be.  Internally an exceptional trainer to the less experienced members of the team with an ease of teaching methods to ensure an unseamingly level of continuity for their development.

In his spare time Oliver enjoys spending time with his young family of three daughters, experiencing travelling and cultural diversity and of course Guernsey’s beautiful outdoor environment.

Chloe Whitmore


T: 01481 712633

Chloe is the first point of contact in the Guernsey studio. She has moved from a career of more than 20 years in the legal profession to managing a creative environment and its people - a welcome change for her! Her experience and legal background are a great asset for the Group.