The social market economy (as against a pure market economy) concept spills over into almost every avenue of life and greenfield developments are just one.
This hypermarket has been here since the late 1970s – first as Carrefour, a French chain, then as Massa and more recently as Real, with a Home Depot-type co-anchor and then MediaMarkt, one of the 2 big electronic chains.
There are now moves afoot to allow the building of another (but larger) one further out of town, with the public being vastly in favour (because everything’s as cheap as chips) and local politicians worrying about the impact on inner city merchants.
It’ll be a compromise, as are most things around here.
And it’ll drag on for ever.