Neighbourhood Planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can influence development in their area through the production of a Neighbourhood Plan. A plan becomes part of the District Local Plan and the policies contained within it are then used in the determination of planning applications. The policies in a Neighbourhood Plan cannot block development that is already part of the Local Plan but they can shape where that development will go and what it will look like.
East Markham is a rural village in North Nottinghamshire. It lies approximately 7 miles (11km) south of Retford. The A1, the A57, and the East Coast Main Line railway pass close to the village on different sides.
The village was once a major apple growing centre supported by farming and some light industry. The number of orchards and businesses is now much reduced and the village is predominantly residential. However, some orchards remain and the village celebrates it's history with the annual Apple Day held on the first Sunday in October each year.
The plan team members are Dan Littlewood (chair), Marie Thompson, Peter Nettleton, Mark Priddle and Andrew Ridgway. All are village residents.