Shortt and another v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Town and country planning – Development. The claimants, C and D, owned a farm, which D ran single-handedly at a loss. They wished to develop the farm's dwelling, which was built on condition that its occupation was permitted to persons employed in agriculture and their dependants. The inspector, appointed by the second defendant Secretary of State, refused the claimants' application for a lawful development certificate, as C and the children were not D's dependants. The claimants sought judicial review. The Planning Court, in dismissing the application, held that the term 'dependants' envisaged dependency in a wider way than one requiring financial dependency.

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