The team at our Doncaster office are celebrating after the announcement that Doncaster is one of eight new cities which have been named for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Milton Keynes, Dunfermline, Bangor, Colchester, and Wrexham all get the title. It is also a first for places in an Overseas Territory - Stanley, in the Falklands - and a crown dependency - Douglas, in the Isle of Man - to win city status.
Originally a Roman settlement, Doncaster has a population of 311,899 ( please check as thought it was more) and is almost 200 years old. Its industrial heritage was built on coal and rail, with the locomotives Flying Scotsman and Mallard both constructed there
Applicants entering the Platinum Jubilee civic honours were required to show their cultural heritage and royal links as well as how their local identity and communities meant they deserved to be granted city status.
The new cities can expect a boost to local communities and the opening up of new opportunities for people who live there, providing advantages to businesses and the economy.
Ben Flint, Associate Director at our Doncaster office, said: “Having city status will have a positive impact on the already buoyant commercial property sector and boost Doncaster’s economic regeneration as a key city within the wider Yorkshire region. Businesses and families will want to be located here which will mean more investment in the area and better services and facilities for locals as a result.
“It marks an ‘x’ on the map for Doncaster which is important for sustained business growth. We are operationally strong and understand the local market but being awarded city status future-proofs this region and has given businesses like ours the opportunity to focus on what our key priorities are. To know we are deserving of city status is massively important and we look forward to seeing the benefits.”
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