MAYOR of Barnsley Ken Richardson officially opened a new 143-home development in Royston.

Persimmon Homes, who has built the development on the Scholars Gate site, features a mix of three and four-bedroom properties.

Coun Richardson, who cut the ribbon on its show home on February 28, said: "I am delighted to see a leading builder investing in Royston. The region needs a range of affordable and spacious new homes and Persimmon Homes is meeting this need.

"The construction of new developments like this also boosts the local economy by creating additional jobs."