Planning news

At last we have some planning news. Not planning consent just yet, but at least the planner has been on site with our architect who answered his queries as they went round. Happily, he hasn't found anything that he has taken an immediate objection to and is going to follow up this visit with a comparison with the original planning consent. However, he has asked for a further 2 week extension which is actually nearly 3 weeks so we are looking at the end of October for a decision. Why does everything take so long?