Where Etwall Lane meets the road to Mickleover
Burnaston parish highlighted within Derbyshire
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The village is famous for its huge Toyota car plant - one of several British car plants built by Japanese carmakers as part of cost-saving measures to avoid such expenses as import duties and shipping costs. It opened on 16 December 1992.
Burnaston House was demolished in order to make way for the car factory. The house which was being restored at the time was the home of the Every family including Ashton Nicholas Every Mosley who was a high sheriff of Derbyshire.
The Toyota site also covers the area formerly occupied by Derby (Burnaston) Airport, a small all-grass airfield that was opened in 1938 as Derby's municipal airport. During the Second World War it was used for military training purposes. Postwar, it was again used by airlines, including Derby Aviation (later British Midland Airways) until 1965 when the newly reconstructed East Midlands Airport opened. Private flying from Burnaston continued until 1989 when the site was taken over for car manufacture.
The village has swift and direct road links with nearby cities Derby and Nottingham, as well as the city of Birmingham that is some 40 miles southwards along the A38 dual carriageway. It is also within 20 miles of East Midlands Airport.
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