A RETIREMENT village will turn a quiet cul-de-sac into a ‘rat run’, neighbours have claimed.

Developers Conroy Brook, of Brockholes, hope to demolish Prickleden Mills and build a 46-unit retirement complex, off Woodhead Road, in Holmfirth.

The plans include the demolition of a derelict bridge over the river Holme and the construction of a new bridge linking the site to Lower Mill Lane.

But residents of Lower Mill Lane are concerned their cul-de-sac will become a ‘rat run’.

Last week Holme Valley Parish Council recommended Kirklees Council to reject Conroy Brooks’ plans when they appear before the parish council’s planning committee.

Victoria Browning, who lives on Lower Mill Lane, said: “We live on a quiet cul-de-sac.

“There are huge issues with building it, the size of it and the inappropriate location of it.

“There are bats and other species there. It’s a conservation area and some houses at the end of Woodhead Road are listed.

“We’re really concerned about the scale of the development and the road opening. It will be opened into a thoroughfare and it will become a rat run if they build the bridge.

“One of the buildings is four storeys and that will have a huge impact.”

A public consultation on the plans ends next Monday (May 7).

Prickleden Mills has been empty for some time and developers have deemed it unsuitable for industrial use due to its narrow access road.

Conroy Brook held a public consultation with residents last year and its proposal has now been lodged with planners at Kirklees Council.

The Brockholes-based developer plans to clear the site by the River Holme and replace it with 46 one and two bedroom apartments for the over 55s.

The complex would comprise five blocks built from natural stone.

Landscaped gardens will be created around the mill pond with decking for residents to enjoy views towards Holme Moss.

The Examiner contacted Conroy Brook, but the company did not respond.