According to the CSO, there has been an over 40% increase in number of homes granted planning permission. Many people in Ireland hold the view that planning is now dysfunctional and is no longer delivering. This is not the case. The system is in fact overwhelmed with resourcing failing to meet growing planning application demands from a rapidly expanding population which is wealthier than it has ever been. More statutory planners are needed and An Bord Pleanála must be better resourced.