As a partner of the law firm DMH Stallard, based in Brighton, East Sussex, my brother Tony Allen, who has died aged 76, helped to establish one of the country’s first multi-disciplinary planning practices, combining planning lawyers and chartered planners. He was the planning lawyer that handled the complex application by Brighton and Hove Albion FC for the development of the Amex Stadium, home to the Seagulls since 2011.
Two years after departing the Goldstone Ground in 1997, their home for 100 years, the homeless Brighton & Hove Albion first appointed Tony to handle their planning application for the conversion of Withdean Athletics Stadium. Despite strong opposition from residents in the wealthy neighbourhood the application succeeded. Martin Perry, director and later CEO of the club, then hired Tony to work again on the application for the Amex Stadium, then Falmer Stadium. On learning of Tony’s death, Perry said: “The stadium is his legacy.”
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