Manna Community believe, that although not yet officially recognized through the British city status scheme, Doncasters significance in terms of its population, infrastructure and national connectivity, justifies the use of the term “city”.
Doncaster is the one of the UK’s best connected locations. The town is served by the UK’s newest international airport, is at the heart of the UK’s motorway network and the East Coast Mainline runs through the town’s high quality urban centre, with London only 88 minutes away. Doncaster is the largest borough in England by geographic area (220sq miles), which also sees it benefit from a significant natural environment. Together with its surrounding suburbs and settlements, referring to Doncaster, as a city can definitely be justified.
There is no one standard definition of a city: the term may be used either for a town possessing city status; for an urban locality exceeding an arbitrary population size; for a town dominating other towns with particular regional economic or administrative significance.
There are probably as many different ways of conceiving what a city is as there are cities. A simple definition therefore has its attractions. The simplest is that a city is a human settlement where strangers are likely to meet.
Richard Sennett, The Fall of Public Man, 1977, p. 39
British city status was historically conferred on settlements with a diocesan cathedral; in more recent times towns apply to receive city status at times of national celebration.