Supermarket giant Tesco plans to build 4,000 new homes by 2017 on land that had been set aside to build new stores, Property Week reports.
A spokesman for the retailer said the company was "working on plans" for over 4,000 homes around the UK, either by building them itself or selling sites to developers.
"We are pleased to be bringing new investment to communities up and down the country and playing our part in meeting local housing needs over the coming years," the spokesman said.
More top news
Speaking to ITV News' Mark Austin on the anniversary of the London bombings, ex-PM says nations around the world will need to respond.
A Canadian man has been arrested after tying more than 100 balloons to a garden chair and flying over the city of Calgary.
A van bearing the faces of some of Britain's most wanted fugitives will be driven around parts of Spain popular with expats in a new push.