Depth of footings near tree

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My architect has drawn plans for a garage with one wall about 2 feet from a big pine tree. Seems a bit close to me, who has the final say on how deep the footings have to be and how close to the tree? The BCO or a structural engineer? Thanks in advance for any advice.
 
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Our extension is right next to a neighbour tree and the original footing depth had to be increased by a meter as requested by building regs when they attended to view it
 
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Is there actually any scope to move the wall? Moving the wall a few feet is not going to make any difference, so you need to have suitable foundations regardless.

If you have an engineer to prove that a certain foundation depth is satisfactory, then he trumps a BCO. Otherwise, the BCO just looks on his bit of card in his pocket and says "2.6m within 1m"
 

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