You can in part blame the sizeable delays in planning over the last year on the growing pandemic-led idea that your home is your castle.
But if you ask those across the sectors, from construction to planning, they will give you a considerably longer shopping list of issues than that for the reasons in lagging times on application decision-making recently.
Applications are up, but so are decision timeframes. Major applications are now taking well over a year, while small applications took an average of 3.8 weeks longer to process than a year earlier.
Since the transfer of planning powers to councils six years ago there has been a marked improvement. But the sector as a whole has called for a radical overhaul at a ministerial level. The latest figures for 2020/21 will do little to appease that.
Part of this can be attributed to Covid-19 and the pressures of moving to remote-working. In some cases workloads increased substantially as application numbers increased accordingly.
However, the system adapted quickly, and elements like real-world public consultations for larger schemes moved online.
In this odd period of time it appears that part of what is slowing it down is the slew of small applications — people building a conservatory or an extension at home.
But speaking to those on the ground, a number of issues continue to raise their heads, generally about what is needed in terms of long-term change. Issues facing developers and planning consultants include looking at statutory timeframes for responses from consultees, prioritising or setting out agreed timeframes for regionally significant schemes, and that pre-application discussions should be proportionate to the size and scale of the development.
Some have also called for the remote public consultations to become a permanent feature.
A report is due on any potential reforms to our current planning system by the end of the year.
While the beginning of the pandemic saw businesses and developers pausing for breath to assess the shifting sands around them, there have continued to be a raft of sizeable planning applications being submitted in the last year or so.
Planning might not spark interest in everyone, but it is at the core of everything we see around us — from the new cafe that has opened at a former hardware shop, to a £30m school, social housing scheme or flagship office development in the heart of the city centre. It remains a key driver of how we get on with things.
A few years ago I wrote a piece about older legacy applications dating back more than a decade that were still undecided. Hopefully, those situations are now well behind us.