A millionaire couple known for being the only people in Britain to own the ‘holy trinity’ of hypercars are being sued by neighbours who accuse them of ruining the tranquillity of their rural East Midlands idyll with their supercar collection.
Paul and Selena Bailey live in scenic Rutland Water with their 50-plus supercars, each with a personalised numberplate, kept in two garages and a car park beneath their home.
In January that collection grew when in a single day the pair added a Porsche 918 Spyder and a Ferrari LaFerrari to the £866,000 McLaren P1 they already owned, giving them the £3million ‘holy trinity’ of so-called ‘hypercars’ – top-tier vehicles whose features, price and rarity sets them apart from ‘regular’ supercars.
But the couple, who sold their 45 per cent share in the communications company they founded – Worldwide Group Holdings – for £28million in 2012, are now being sued by neighbours Mick and Marilyn Blackwell, who run a campsite on the Hambleton peninsula which juts out into stunning Rutland Water nature reserve.
According to Richard Gittins and Tim Rayment in The Sunday Times, the pair sold a house and land to the Baileys in 2005 for £675,000.
Their new neighbours set about building their dream home, thought to be worth more than £1million and which they named Serenity, before erecting two garages to store 34 of their amazing cars – to go with the 25 they keep in the car park below their house.
The garages were permitted to be built despite the fact the Blackwells were recently refused retrospective planning permission for showers and toilet blocks on their campsite.
Mr and Mrs Blackwell have now asked for damages from the Baileys and an injunction in a High Court writ claiming the couple have breached the conditions of the 2005 sale.
The Blackwells claim the Baileys agreed not to operate any trade or business from the home and to use it only as a single private dwelling and garage. They also allege the value of their house has fallen and their bucolic idyll is being blighted.
The Halifax bank earlier this year named Rutland, near Nottingham, as having the highest quality of life of any rural area in the UK.
In response the Baileys, who raise money for charity by raffling rides in their cars, have told planners their incredible collection is a hobby, not a business, and have told solicitors to defend their position ‘regardless of legal costs’.
The claim also accuses Selena Bailey of running a wedding planning business, Serenity Weddings, from the house, adding that her website ‘also shows the defendants’ cars being used at various weddings’.
It is understood the Baileys deny all aspects of the claim. Their defence has not been made available and the allegations against them have not yet been tested in evidence before a judge.
Source: Daily Mail