Obtaining planning consent for projects is obviously an important part of the architect's role. It's possible to come up with a brilliant concept but if you can't get permission to build it, it's not much of a concept. However, even when you know that you're working with sound principles, the system has the ability to throw up all kinds of obstacles...
During October we had to deal with quite a few, including the usual issues of protected species, protected trees and listed buildings. But we also had to deal with some sensitive archaeology in Chester city centre; a local authority mistake on a planning decision notice that created unnecessary work; and a conservation officer's objection which resulted in a trip to the National Design panel for Wales to garner support.
Yes, overcoming obstacles is a big part of what we do.