St Philips Christian College, Cessnock approached EPM on recommendation from Knox Grammar School to assist the college to obtain development consent to construct facilities to accommodate students from Kindergarten to Year 4. The college had anticipated a lengthy and costly process as is often the case. EPM identified a strategy that enabled the college to obtain development consent without approaching Cessnock Council even though the initial advice obtained by the college suggested this wasn’t possible. To achieve this outcome, EPM identified the potential alternate approvals pathway, and appointed and lead a team of consultants to investigate and confirm the strategy, notwithstanding that part of the site was mapped as bush fire prone land. The strategy identified by EPM lead to a significant cost and time saving to the college and allowed the college to fast-track construction of the new facilities which are due for completion by mid 2015.