Development Approvals and Facilitation

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Echelon has extensive recent and ongoing experience in assisting independent schools and education providers to contruct new schools and expand existing education centres. We are well-aquainted with the complexities, time-pressures and processes required to prepare comprehensive planning applications and gain necessary approvals through a variety of Councils in inner-city and outer-metropolitan Melbourne locations.


Recent and ongoing school projects include:


  • Catholic Education Melbourne’s new Harpley School (City of Wyndham): Echelon prepared and managed a planning permit application for a new P-6 school and is currently providing post-approval assistance.

  • Simonds Catholic School (City of Melbourne): Echelon is currently managing a master plan process for the redevelopment of part of the school, which includes the demolition and replacement of buildings to facilitate a significant redevelopment and increase to student numbers.

  • St Marys Catholic College (City of Stonnington): Echelon is currently assisting with a master planning process to help redevelop this existing P-6 school.

  • Olivine’s Grammar School in Donnybrook (City of Whittlesea): Echelon prepared and managed a planning permit application for a new P-12 school and continues to assist with post-approval planning services.

  • Hume Grammar School in Mickleham (City of Hume): Echelon prepared and managed a Ministerial Planning Scheme Amendment to revive expired controls for this P-12 school and has subsequently prepared a series of planning applications to help expand facilities and student numbers.

  • Woodleigh School (Mornington and Frankston Councils): Echelon has provided strategic planning advice for the various campuses for this independent K-12 school and has prepared and lodged planning permit application for new facilities and sustainable development upgrades.