AGM Ltd is a team of specialist town and rural planning consultants.

We have been in the business for 20 years, offering a comprehensive range of services specialising in Town and Rural Planning, Architecture, Urban Design and Heritage and Conservation. We provide expert advice on a range of planning issues encompassing small scale development through to large schemes.

Meet The Team

Edward Downing

Property Planner

Ed joined AGM in July 2018 after spending time oversees in New Zealand. He competed his BSc degree in Geography in 2015 and spent a sandwich year working in the Planning Team at Barton Willmore in Bristol. He came into AGM as an Assistant Planner but has quickly progressed into a Planner taking on more responsibilities and leading projects. 

Alexis Palmer

Exec Assistant

Your first point of contact when you want to talk to us, her wealth of experience in property development and planning industry, coupled with her personable approach, makes for a first class and knowledgeable front of house experience.  Adopting smart office procedures and team solutions Alexis ensures that your project runs efficiently from start to finish.

Patrick Marks

Senior Planner

In 2016, Patrick graduated from Queens University Belfast with a Masters degree in Planning and Development, before moving to England to begin his professional planning career. Patrick joined AGM in 2018, and is enjoying the variety of work and challenges the job brings. He takes a leading role with a number of high profile projects, and prides himself in providing a ‘professional, personal service’. Patrick is soon to be become a chartered surveyor through the RICS.'

John White

CEO & Founder

The driving force behind Arena Global Management Ltd (AGM). John has a proven record of success in representing private, residential and commercial development clients, public authorities and communities in every aspect of the planning process.


With 50 years experience in the property and planning industry, John is respected by colleagues in the private and public sectors due to his extensive legislative and policy knowledge. Together with strong advocacy and negotiation skills ensures his long standing reputation within the planning fraternity.

Lucy Ralph

Managing Director

Managing Director of AGM’s Rural and Equestrian division. Lucy has a background in agriculture and a keen interest in all things equestrian, having owned and competed horses in varied equestrian disciplines. 

With extensive knowledge and experience of rural planning matters Lucy specialises in planning and business consultancy including work related to rural workers dwellings, permitted development applications, all equestrian facilities, enforcement issues, land evaluation and asset maximisation.


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