PLANS for a self-storage warehouse next to a supermarket are set to be approved despite more than 65 people lodging objections to the building, calling it a “monstrosity”.

Storage company MJ McCarthy’s has applied for permission to build a facility next door to Aldi in Water Lane in Clifton Without.

The scheme is recommended for approval by members of the City of York area planning sub-committee meeting on Thursday, August 9.

But council documents say planning officers received 66 letters objecting to the project, with residents raising concerns about increased traffic and noise from the development as well as nearby properties losing daylight due to the building.

One resident said: “The proposed monolithic building is too high and out of character with regards to the neighbouring area, contributing nothing to its local neighbourhood other than increased traffic, noise and robbing it of sky views and light.”

Another said: “There is a commercial site at Clifton Moor where this can be built.” A further objection letter said the facility would be a “monstrosity”.

Clifton (Without) Parish Council also objected to the scheme and the operators of a new care home, which is currently being built to the north west of the site also raised concerns about the development.

But the proposals say the scheme has been updated, with the eaves of the building lowered by a metre, and a further consultation has taken place. Council documents say: “The proposal was amended subsequent to submission in terms of its design, location and parking and turning arrangements to address concerns in respect of the impact upon the residential amenity of neighbouring properties and to take account of the siting of a recently approved care home to the north west of the site. It is considered, on balance, that the scheme has been amended sufficiently to address the concerns in respect of the residential amenity of neighbouring properties.”