Supermarket giant Lidl is facing rejection of revised plans for a new store on the site of a former college.

The chain wants to build a supermarket on the site of the former Cleveland College of Art and Design on Green Lane in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough.

The original and revised plans have attracted hundreds of objection letters but an even greater number in support.

Potential traffic issues were raised by some residents as well as concerns over its visual impact.

One objector described it as “unwelcome monstrosity which will further effect on the negative view of our town that has been degraded by decades of mistreatment of its building heritage".

Darlington and Stockton Times: A computer generated image of how the new Lidl supermarket in Linthorpe could look

Some supporters say the 1,895 sqm store would be welcomed due to the provision of “high-quality, low-cost products” and the creation of up to 40 new jobs. Another said it was “forward-thinking” as many shops in and around Middlesbrough town centre have been lost.

Initial plans were recommended for refusal in the summer but a decision was deferred after the company submitted new information.

Lidl said it has worked hard to address concerns with further proposals including the closure of Thackeray Grove, new crossing points over Green Lane and Roman Road and tree planting.

Middlesbrough Council’s planning committee is due to meet again tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss the revised plan which has been recommended for refusal by planning officers.

They have again said there are other more appropriate sites for the building, including Middlesbrough town centre, Berwick Hills and Coulby Newham district centre.

The size and design is still considered by officers to be “visually dominant” and out of character with the existing residential street scene and the Linthorpe conservation area.

They also said the closure of Thackeray Grove would result in a lack of turning facilities which would be detrimental for services such as refuse collection.