About Armstrong Rigg Planning

Armstrong Rigg Planning is owned and managed by Geoff Armstrong and Lynsey Rigg who offer 30 years and 20 years of experience, respectively, gained in a variety of posts in both the public and private sectors. During this time they have advised a wide range of clients across the country on the means by which they can maximise the value of land and buildings through the planning system.

Geoff and Lynsey are supported by a team of planners with a wide range of experience in all types of planning, together with administrative support.

At ARP we advise on all types of development including retail, housing, office and leisure, together with large mixed use developments working for a range of landowners, developers, promotors and private companies. We have particular experience in the residential sector, having long established relationships with a number of national housebuilders, including Taylor Wimpey, Barratt Homes, Bellway Homes and Persimmon Homes, as well as more regionally focussed housebuilders, including Manor Oak Homes, Oakford Homes, Avant Homes, Hopkins Homes, Orbit Homes and MJH Homes.

We are currently advising our clients on a wide range of projects, including residential schemes of between 10 - 1,500 dwellings for which we are seeking to secure viable and implementable planning permissions and/or allocations via the planning application, appeal and development plan processes.

Meet The Team

Geoff Armstrong

Director

Geoff Armstrong

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Geoff Armstrong

Director

Geoff Armstrong

Telephone: 01234 867135

Telephone (direct) : 01234 876130

Telephone (mobile) : 07710 883907

Email: geoff.armstrong@arplanning.co.uk

Geoff's background:

Geoff has 30 years’ experience working in both the private and public sectors. His career began in London where he worked for the London Boroughs of Wandsworth and Southwark and the London Docklands Development Corporation, following which he moved to Runnymede Borough Council.

Geoff moved to DPP in 1997 becoming an Equity Partner in 2007. During his time at DPP he established the company’s residential team (along with Lynsey Rigg) and was responsible for residential matters within the company.

Geoff often performs the role of planning witness at public inquiries, working closely with a number of barristers on a range of appeals. More recently he has been spending an increasing amount of time negotiating and liaising with parish, town councils and Neighbourhood Forums, as well as attending/organising public consultation events, to the benefit of a number of projects.

Time permitting; he enjoys spending time with his family and on the golf course.

Lynsey Rigg

Director

Lynsey Rigg

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Lynsey Rigg

Director

Lynsey Rigg

Telephone: 01234 867135

Telephone (direct) : 01234 867131

Telephone (mobile) : 07803 505360

Email: lynsey.rigg@arplanning.co.uk

Lynsey's background:

Lynsey has 20 years of experience gained in a number of posts in the public and private sectors, including the Government Office for London, CgMs Consulting and most recently, DPP. Prior to establishing ARP in August 2012 Lynsey spent 15 years working alongside Geoff Armstrong managing the residential planning team at DPP.

Over her career Lynsey has advised a wide range of clients across the South East, South West and East of England on all types of development including retail, housing, office and education, together with large mixed use developments. She has particular experience in dealing with the planning issues raised by residential and major development projects, including housing land supply, and in advising on and achieving the release of difficult sites such as greenfield, Green Belt and employment sites, through the application and appeal routes, via enabling and very special circumstance arguments.

Lynsey regularly delivers seminars and presentations to clients and colleagues on changes in the planning system and their implications for the development industry.

Outside work Lynsey enjoys running; whether this be half marathons and 10k’s or simply chasing her children round the local park.

Roger Welchman

Associate

Roger Welchman

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Roger Welchman

Associate

Roger Welchman

Telephone: 01234 867135

Telephone (direct) : 01234 867132

Telephone (mobile) : 07803 505361

Email: roger.welchman@arplanning.co.uk

Roger's background:

Roger is a chartered town planner with over 16 years of experience in both the public and private sector. In his most recent public sector post Roger worked for Bristol City Council in their City Centre and Harbourside team and managed a number of major mixed use cases where there was a need to balance regeneration aims with sensitive design and heritage issues. Before joining ARP Roger spent over 6 years working for DPP in their retail and commercial team and was responsible for successfully progressing a number of major and contentious supermarket led schemes.

At ARP Roger works on retail, mixed use and residential schemes. This includes progressing planning applications, appeals, appraisals and development plan representations.

Away from work Roger enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his son’s football team.

Emily Warner

Senior Planner

Emily Warner

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Emily Warner

Senior Planner

Emily Warner

Telephone: 01234 867135

Telephone (direct) : 01234 867121

Telephone (mobile) : 07715 081745

Email: emily.warner@arplanning.co.uk

Emily's background:

Emily joined the team in June 2013 as a Senior Planner. Her work includes site promotion and development plan representations, preparing and coordinating planning applications for residential and mixed use schemes of varying scales and advising clients on the development potential of sites.

Emily holds a Degree and Masters in Planning from Oxford Brookes University and was elected as a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2008. She has over 10 years of experience in private practice having previously worked for a planning consultancy in Oxford where she was involved in a wide range of projects including residential developments, industrial and commercial proposals, healthcare and educational facilities. She also designed and delivered seminars to Oxford Brookes University architecture students on the intricacies of the planning system.

Outside of work Emily spends her spare time socialising with friends and family.

David Jones

Senior Planner

David Jones

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David Jones

Senior Planner

David Jones

Telephone: 01234 867135

Telephone (direct) : 01234 867134

Telephone (mobile) : 07803 501209

Email: david.jones@arplanning.co.uk

David's background:

David joined the team in August 2015 as a Planner and works on a wide range of residential and commercial projects. His work involves conducting site appraisals and policy research, preparing pre-application advice requests and planning applications and attending public consultation events. Prior to joining ARP, David worked as a Planner for Adams Hendry Consulting Ltd in Winchester, where he was involved in a wide range of projects including residential schemes and large-scale infrastructure developments.

David holds a Masters in Town Planning from the University of Brighton and a degree from the University of Sheffield.

Outside of the office, David enjoys running and generally keeping fit, spending time with friends and family and exploring the great outdoors.

Fiona Ridley

Office Manager

Fiona Ridley

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Fiona Ridley

Office Manager

Fiona Ridley

Telephone: 01234 867135

Email: fiona.ridley@arplanning.co.uk

Fiona's background:

Fiona is our Office Manager. She provides administrative support to the planning team and is the first point of contact for our clients and callers. Her administrative skills are an essential part of the smooth running of the office, reflecting the experience she has built up from previous appointments with a house builder, Local Education Authority, the NHS and planning consultancy, DPP.

Outside of the office Fiona enjoys musical theatre, long walks in the countryside and spending time with friends and family.

Alex Munro

Senior Planner

Alex Munro

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Alex Munro

Senior Planner

Alex Munro

Telephone: 01234 867135

Telephone (direct) : 01234 867121

Email: Alex.munro@arplanning.co.uk

Alex's background:

Alex joined the team in October 2017 moving from Robinson & Hall, a Bedford-based firm of surveyors and property consultants. He comes with a wide range of experience having spent time working in private consultancy, local authority as well as 3 years running his own successful business specialising in rural planning and community engagement. He also spent time working on behalf of DCLG towards the implementation of Localism and neighbourhood planning.

His current work is wide ranging and includes site promotion, site appraisals and engagement with all aspects of the development management process through to the submission of planning appeals. His particular interests are in problem solving and formulating strong planning arguments and strategies that secure the very best outcome for the Company’s clients.

In his spare time Alex enjoys travel, walking and anything that allows him to pursue his passion for exploring. He is also a keen sports fan as a season ticket holder at Leicester City.