PROPERTY and investment firm, the Carling Property Group, has made history as the first private property developer to receive affordable housing support from the Scottish Government.
CPG want to fill the gap in affordable accommodation in Scotland and has qualified for a substantial six figure sum from the Scottish Government’s Rural and Islands Housing Fund. 
They have used the money to convert a former old school house in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, into eight properties, complete with secondary glazing, new flooring, private parking and disabled access.
The new properties at the former St Stephen’s RC Primary School mark the latest affordable housing project for CPG, and they are currently at work converting the former Chance Inn in Inverkeilor, Angus, into affordable housing rentals.
CPG is believed to be the only private property developer to have received RIHF money.
Graeme Carling, co-founder of the group with his wife Leanne, said the Blairgowrie properties were already attracting interest, proving that demand is high for affordable housing across Scotland.
He said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government, via its Rural and Islands Housing Fund, has supported a private developer for the first time. As we expected, there has been strong interest in the apartments. This clearly demonstrates the need for more affordable housing.”