In Newcastle the NHS is selling the site of the General Hospital and Tesco and the University hope to take it over. Many residents feel that a new Tesco store is not needed, as there is already an Iceland, Netto, Tesco Metro and Morrisons within a mile or so of the proposed site.
A campaign group Stop Fenham Tesco was set up to oppose the plans.
Residents were advised that if the new planning framework document is accepted as it is then there will be no grounds for appeal once Tesco submit a planning application. A public meeting focused on influencing the overall policy direction in order to stop any major retail involvement.
A follow-up meeting in November 2007 allowed residents to voice their concerns about the plan for a Tesco mega store on the general Hospital site. Of the residents present nearly all of them were against the proposed Tesco development. Concerns raised included the effect on local business, traffic congestion and the loss of hospital facilities. Campaigners hope that the council's executive choose to remove the General Hospital site from the Action Plan, or limit the size and scope of the retail provision which may put off Tesco
Following new plans a community consultation was held in April 2010. 151 letters of objection were sent to the council, along with several petitions bearing 1,180 signatures.