Heatherton Village

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Heatherton Village
Heatherton Village is located in Derbyshire
Heatherton Village
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DerbyshireCoordinates: 52°53′29″N 1°31′13″W / 52.89130°N 1.52021°W / 52.89130; -1.52021

Heatherton Village or Heatherton is a modern residential housing development in Derby, England, located at the southern end of the older suburb of Littleover, and approximately 2.8 miles (4.5 km) south west of Derby city centre. It comprises modern housing, several public amenity parks, shops, a school and a nursery.

History[edit]

During its development in the 1990s the area was initially referred to as "Hollybrook". This is thought to be a more pleasant deviation on the name of a brook that runs through the area. "Hell Brook" runs near Littleover Community School and through parts of the Heatherton estate.

It is situated off the A5250, three miles south-west of Derby city centre. Popular with commuters with easy access to Burton or Birmingham via a38 and the M1 via the a50.

The majority of the Heatherton development is regarded as a highly sought after location, and is currently, as it has been historically, popular among professional footballers. During Derby County's first stint in the Premiership, Heatherton was home to Fabrizio Ravenelli and today continues to attract contemporary players such as Giles Barnes.

Education[edit]

Nearby secondary schools include Littleover Community School, Derby Independent Grammar School for Boys, and Derby Moor Community Sports College.

The closest Primary School is Griffe Field Primary School (Griffe being derived from the French for 'claw' which, when combined with the name of Hell Brook, gives some credence to the stories that it was a burial ground for plague victims) which is actually within the estate on Grosvenor Drive, built as a part of the initial development by Birch plc (since acquired by Edinburgh-based Miller Homes) but since expanded to double its original size early in the new Millennium. The closest primary school after this is Brookfield Primary School in Mickleover Village.

Community facilities[edit]

The small shopping arcade on Hollybrook Way (at the south-western entrance to the estate) houses a Co-operative supermarket, day nursery, hair salon, pharmacy, an Indian restaurant (Basmati formerly Jee Ja Jee's) and most recently a community centre.

Across the road there is also the Haven Church, The Hollybrook (pub) and a Doctor's surgery.

The East Midlands Nuffield Hospital and Spar corner shop are also fairly close by at the base of Havenbaulk Lane. Further up Rykneld road, past the Hollybrook Way entrance is the Littleover Lodge hotel and restaurant.

Transport[edit]

Since the late 1990s Heatherton has been served by its own bus route operated by Trent Barton and known as "The Harlequin". This service starts from an isolated terminus at Gower Street in Derby City centre and follows a clockwise circular route around the estate. It runs every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday daytimes. An hourly Sunday service was introduced in October 2007 but was withdrawn in June 2009 when the funding ended.[1]

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