ERIC Pickles visited Barnsley to see how the government's 'Help to Buy' scheme is working.

Mr Pickles, the secretary of state for communities and local government, visited the Scholars Gate development in Royston last Thursday.

Wayne Gradwell, from builder Persimmon Homes, hosted a tour of the 143-plot development, giving Mr Pickles a thorough understanding of the construction process.

Mr Pickles said: "I was delighted to see the fantastic work at Scholars Gate. I’m particularly pleased that since its launch, the Help to Buy scheme has created 373 new homeowners in Barnsley alone."