Developer's plans to replace CBD with cheese rejected

PLANS by overseas developer Baeng-Kruppt to replace CBD streets and shops with foreign cheeses have been rejected by Aintworth Regional Council.

The plan was originally submitted in 2013 but was only made public in 2014 after Aintworth dairy producers noticed their cows being headhunted by overseas firms.

A year of consistent calls by activist groups have failed to bring negotiations out from behind closed doors, with Business Against Blue-Vein president Wedge Kaas calling the situation "rancid".

"Council's very own development standards prohibit the use of any building material not rated for structural safety."

"The Council's lack of consultation, more than the plan itself, has been the most infuriating part of this mess.

"Though going through council bylaws looking for something that prohibits replacing entire buildings with cheese was a bit awkward too."

Baeng-Kruppt spokesperson Grana Lipase said Aintworth's rejection of their proposal meant a huge loss of potential tourism and dairy-related income for the region.

"What we offered was a truly forward-thinking plan for the people and businesses of Aintworth," they said.

"It's a shame to see council ultimately saying no to jobs, cashflow, and ultimately a town free of anyone lactose-intolerant.

"While we are seeking legal redress for money spent amending the plans time and time again, we are considering moving the proposal somewhere more willing, like the Gold Coast."

The Queensland Institute estimated the development to be worth $42 million over 5 years to the Aintworth economy, but admitted their modelling had been done using cheese platters.

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