A mate of mine has his FAC and SGC application in, Thames Valley have reviewed it and sent back to him a month ago as one of the references had put down they knew him for less than 2 years! new reference added and application sent off. He's not heard a thing since despite a call into the FEO and email (as per address on web site), he did get an auto reply saying they have had a "flood and have relocated" therefore expect some delays.
Anybody got any info on what he could expect for "delays", my guess is they are focussing on renewals with the disruption.
I would guess it has been probably 3 months since he sent the application in, when returned to him with the reference issue they had ticked everything else on the applications so presume they bulk of the initial review is complete? next step is FEO visit.