New firm aims to be new force in social housing

Maple and May's manager Siobhan McCrystal and director Jon Anderson
Maple and May's manager Siobhan McCrystal and director Jon Anderson

A new company aiming to establish itself in the social housing market has revealed details of a £12 million plan to deliver several hundred new homes for rent or purchase across Northern Ireland.

Maple and May is a new , a newly established profit-for-purpose company based in Belfast which has already acquired 70 apartments and houses throughout the region and is seeking to buy or develop more than 500 new homes in the next five years.

The delivery plan will see the busienss establish partnerships for an ambitious ‘design and build’ programme alongside the acquisition and development of new and existing homes.

The company said it was exploring a range of investment and development opportunities that meet the demand for quality homes to rent and to buy.

“Northern Ireland has a housing deficit, but there are hundreds of sites awaiting development across the province,” said director Jon Anderson.

“We’re working with developers and landowners to unlock as many of these sites as possible and transform vacant land into homes. Our focus is on giving more people the opportunity to access homes that are right for them, whether that is to rent or buy.

“We have already acquired the first 70 homes in our rental portfolio and we are expanding our housing development pipeline to include more homes to rent as well as purchase.

The firm is ready to play its part in tackling the housing problem through acquisition, new-build and joint ventures with established developers, he said.

“The launch of Maple and May is good news for those either renting or looking to buy their home,” added manager Siobhan McCrystal.

“Our approach is about giving renters the assurance of quality accommodation, longer tenancies if desired, excellent services and the peace of mind that comes from having a professional Landlord”.

“With changing attitudes to home ownership, the private rental sector has greatly expanded in recent years.

“This presents an exciting opportunity for Maple and May to provide quality homes to meet modern lifestyles.”