In June 2009 Tesco and St James Investments severed their ties throwing plans to buy up property and develop in the London Road area of Brighton into jeopardy. The plans included a 100,000 sq foot Tesco store and parking for up to 1000 vehicles.
Campaigners feared the loss of local jobs, small businesses, specialist shops, and homes. However, several properties that are key to St James Investment/Tesco's proposals are owned by Brighton and Hove City Council. ANOTHER LONDON ROAD action group believed that there was another way to revitalise London Road, with a vision that is shaped by the community, for the community, serving our needs rather than those of big business and distant share holders. A community planning event was held in July 2008, following which a response to the Council's Core Strategy consultation was submitted.