The 'Co-op' tried to build a rather large new Eco-town not far from where I live. So far the public are winning the battle. At present all as gone very quiet, but I wonder for how long before stage 3 of the battle begins!.
Tesco are getting far to powerful, and having seen the damage that they can do in certain areas, I hope this is a non-starter.
Like any other business, if you don't like or their prices then don't deal with them. Personally I don't have a problem with them, they could teach a lot of other businesses about customer relations, but I accept that other people may not like them.
Contrary to what GANDALF <|:-)> believes, I would suggest that house prices are high due to the supply not meeting the demand. I accept that we are in a period of deflating the housing price bubble at the moment due to the financial crisis, but generally we simply don't build enough houses to meet the demand
The NIMBY effect described by spuds is a big part of the problem.
Building houses around the shopping and other amenities seems a better idea than out of town shopping centres, considering both the ageing population and the need to conserve energy.
Tesco is cash rich, whereas many house developers have had to sell some of their land banks at less than cost to survive the downturn, so an opportunity for Tesco.