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Excessive caution The point has been made in several contributions to this column that recent legal decisions concerning negligence on the part of approving authorities have led to excess of caution and unnecessary expense. Mr. S. B. Tietz takes up the issue in respect of foundations when he writes: There has been considerable discussion at different times regarding the effect of Anns v. Merton and the requests by local authorities to deepen foundations. One main factor missing in such discussions has normally been hard evidence. Verulam