News from Float in the Forest
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.
A float pod manufacturer came a long way for his first visit to the Forest of Dean and to see us. We showed him around, and had a bit of an adventure on a country walk. Our walk was enhanced by 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 recently added a webpage about learning. This page mentions float pods being used in training and research by SEALs in the USA. We were amazed to find that those float pods 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.
Recently we also met with a surveyor to review the unit at Harts Barn. He looked it over with a view to fulfilling Building Regulations, and we 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. The odd compromise may be necessary, 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. Together we are forming a float community, which warms our hearts.
We will make this happen!
Stick with us for the next exciting stage of this journey towards floating in the Forest!
Note from the author
Things have moved on since we wrote this blog – find out more here!