Ok, thinking of building an extension on the back of my house. Dug a hole next to house to discover foundations about 330mm (13 inchs) deep. However building control want me to make the foundations for a single story extension to said house 900mm (3 feet(!!) ) deep, almost three times the size. The original house has stood for over 80 years with no evidence of movement or settlement but they still want me to put in ridiculously deep foundations. Clay soil with no major trees nearby.