Parish Plans were announced in November 2000 in the Government's Rural White Paper "Our Countryside - The Future". Their purpose was stated to be:
It was also said that plans should "identify key facilities and services, set out the problems that need to be tackled …"
In its guidance, the government says:
This is a Parish Plan for three small villages in Suffolk - Great Bealings, Little Bealings and Playford. The reasons why the parishes joined together can be found in the section on "Chronology and Methodology".
This Parish Plan will deliver the views of the village residents, together with those working and providing services locally (the stakeholders), on a variety of aspects of living in the villages, together with a list of actions aimed at bringing about desired improvements to our village environments. There is a summary of the planned actions at the end of this report.
Editorial note: in this report, when providing information relating to each village, we have generally followed the order Great Bealings, Little Bealings, Playford. This is alphabetical and is based on the naming of the local benefice.