First res­i­dents move into St Stephen’s flats

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Eight new res­i­dents have re­ceived the keys to their new flats in the former St Stephen’s Pri­mary School in Blair­gowrie.

The af­ford­able housing project has been de­vel­oped by the Car­ling Prop­erty Group and is made up of seven one-bed­room prop­er­ties and one stu­dio apart­ment.

The prop­er­ties are be­ing let through the Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil-run PKC Lets.

Pri­or­ity for ap­pli­ca­tions for the flats was given to those work­ing in the lo­cal area, over-55s and ap­pli­cants with med­i­cal needs.

And those be­hind let­ting the de­vel­op­ment say that there was a lot of in­ter­est in the prop­er­ties, which fea­ture sec­ondary glaz­ing, new floor­ing, pri­vate parking and dis­abled ac­cess.

Kay­ley Hall­garth, PKC Lets pri­vate sec­tor of­fi­cer, ex­plained:“Within a day of hav­ing the flats ad­ver­tised we be­came in­un­dated with calls and e-mail en­quiries with peo­ple look­ing to view the flats straight away.

“They have been ex­tremely pop­u­lar.

“We had our first ten­ant sign­ing and mov­ing in within five days of view­ing the flats.

“I think the con­ver­sion has not only trans­formed an empty build­ing and brought it back to life but it has also pro­vided peo­ple within the lo­cal com­mu­nity with good qual­ity, af­ford­able housing.

“The flats have been made to a very high stan­dard, giv­ing all the ten­ants very mod­ern, bright and spa­cious liv­ing ar­eas, whilst keeping the tra­di­tional char­ac­ter of the build­ing, which is re­ally nice to see.”

Res­i­dent Ge­orge Ret­rick was wel­comed to his new home by Kay­ley and Leanne Car­ling, co-founder of Car­ling Prop­erty Group.

Ge­orge al­ready lived in the town but was down­siz­ing from a larger prop­erty in Rat­tray, which was prov­ing dif­fi­cult to keep warm over win­ter.

He said:“I’m so much closer to fam­ily now, with my sis­ter liv­ing just around the cor­ner.

“This flat will be eas­ier to keep heated, and it’s much closer to the fa­cil­i­ties in the town cen­tre. It’s per­fect for me.”


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