Regeneration is an holistic process which aims to reverse the economic, social and physical decline of places where market forces alone will not suffice.
The RTPI believes the spatial planning system should be placed at the heart of regeneration. The planning process provides the opportunity to enhance the role and capacity of communities as well as balancing community, business, environmental and individual needs. Effective regeneration requires active and meaningful long-term community engagement and involvement, as well as changes to the physical environment. Planners are skilled in both these areas.