Belfast Telegraph

£4m proposal will create wide range of housing on college site

Planning: Jon Anderson
Planning: Jon Anderson
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

The former east Belfast campus of Belfast Metropolitan College could soon be turned into apartments and housing under plans by its new owner.

Property firm Maple and May, which bought the Tower Street site last year, has submitted an application to Belfast City Council.

Under its new £4m proposal, the four-storey former college campus would be turned into 28 apartments, with two large annexes demolished.

The developer also wants to build 14 houses on the site, broken into four two-storey town houses and 10 semi-detached homes.

Described as a profit-for-purpose company, Maple and May was set up by Choice Housing over a year ago with the goal of buying or developing more than 500 new homes within five years.

It reinvests its profits back into Choice Housing for the purpose of building new social housing around Northern Ireland.

Since buying the former east Belfast education campus, Maple and May have opened its buildings to Vault Artist Studios, who have turned the old college into a temporary creative space.

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Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph Jon Anderson, director at Maple and May, said: "After careful planning we have identified the need for a mix of apartments, town houses and semi-detached homes which will offer a range of options for prospective buyers and renters.

"After purchasing the site in 2018, Maple and May collaborated with local arts charity, Vault Studios, who used the vacated space for a range of community-led projects, which allowed the company time to identify the best development fit for the local area and its community.

"Thousands of commercial and industrial buildings are vacant in towns and cities across Northern Ireland, many of which are long-term derelict sites," he said.

"This £4m investment is good news for the area and for those looking to invest in a new home," he added.

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