Somerset Park is a residential suburb 10kms north of Central Durban and is situated on the inland side of Umhlanga Rocks Drive between the suburbs of Sunningdale and Umhlanga Rocks. Development commenced in the late 1990s by Tongaat-Hulett Developments (THD) then known as Moreland Developments.
As with all of their developments there is a building design and colour code to ensure the maintenance of standards. Somerset Park has just over 1000 residential homes including a number of complexes. The newest of these is Somerset Valley Estate which is an estate developed mainly for retirees and includes an assisted living section known as Somerset Lodge.
As the name of the suburb suggests the County of Somerset in SW England inspired the developers. All streets and complexes bear names of towns and villages in that area. The suburb also has places of worship for residents of the Christian, Hindu and Muslim faiths.
The logo which appears above was designed and trademarked to Somerset Park by THD when the suburb was first developed. Their slogan was “Country Living in the City” as at the time there was little else but sugar cane fields to the north and west.
Ten years on and both residential and business parks have been introduced all around. We are now surrounded by La Lucia Ridge Office Park, Gateway Shopping Centre and Umhlanga Ridge offices and businesses. To the South East large residential complexes have been built and, although there is little of the sugar cane left the residents of Somerset Park have created beautiful gardens and we are trying to maintain a Green Belt as our Green Lung. This is a stretch of land about 500m in length and 200m in width with a small watercourse running through it. It is a proclaimed area of Public Open Space and with the the aid of the eThekwini Municipality Parks Department. With the aid of Andrew Davidson of this Department we have managed to remove most alien vegetation and planted indigenous trees and small plants to encourage indigenous animals and birds.