It’s time for an update on our progress.
It felt like a quiet time over August, as we waited for the planning outcome, and lots of people were away on holiday.
We had a visit from a float pod manufacturer who came a long way for his first visit to the Forest of Dean. We showed him around, and had a bit of an adventure on a country walk, stopping for delicious cake at The Forest Bakehouse and tasty pies at The Farmer’s Boy Inn – two fine establishments to make us proud in the Forest of Dean.
We were amazed to find that the float pods being used in training and research by SEALs in the USA, which we discussed on our recently added webpage about learning, were installed by none other than our new friend! It’s exciting to be in touch with people on the forefront of developments in our field.
We also met with an architect / surveyor to review the unit at Harts Barn with a view to fulfilling Building Regulations, and learned a lot as a result. The works which would be necessary to bring the unit up to the standard of current Building Regulations would be considerably more extensive than we anticipated and budgeted for.
We need the centre to be peaceful, for a great floating experience. We also want to do everything right and ensure that Float in the Forest is safe, legal, environmentally responsible, and doesn’t impact negatively on any other business. But of course there have to be limits on the cost, for us to make this work.
And so the news is that we have decided Harts Barn isn’t the right location for us, and we have cancelled our planning application.
We are truly sorry for any disappointment about the location, or delay to our opening. Of course we are a little disappointed ourselves not to have found the right location yet. But every step is a step forward: we are now pursuing new options, and are still open to suggestion! (please contact us if you have a potential venue in mind)
It has been harder than we thought to find a location which ticks every box perfectly. We may have to make the odd compromise, but rest assured that we will find the best place we can for your float centre.
We greatly appreciate all the enthusiasm and support we have received so far. We love that together we are forming a float community.
We will make this happen!
Stick with us for the next exciting stage of this journey towards floating in the Forest!