Regeneration work brings economic and social activity back to communities that have suffered decline. Current spatial planning policy identifies areas for regeneration through the Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) and Local Development Framework documents.

The Localism Act now provides for the abolition of the RSS and structure plans and they will cease to form part of the statutory development plan. This is going to take place once the Government has considered the outcomes of the environmental assessment of the RSS revocation and revocation orders have been approved by parliament.