Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

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Revealed: GBP265m-a-year Bet365 boss paid a farmer more than GBP1MILLION to scrap plans for canal-side marina so she could build her space age super home

  • Denise Coates, 51, has been ‘offering huge sums to neighbours to move out’ of their family farmhouses
  • The Bet365 boss is building a GBP90million modern estate in Cheshire for her family, including five children
  • Home includes a boat and lake house, stables and a statement glass house, as well as a sunken tennis court
  • She paid a farmer over a million pounds to scrap plans to build a canal-side marina, MailOnline can reveal

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The highest-paid businesswoman in the world paid a farmer more than a million pounds to scrap plans for a canal-side marina so she can build a super home.

Bet365 founder Denise Coates – who last year gave herself a salary of GBP265million – made the deal with Ed Nield, MailOnline can reveal.

Mr Nield is understood to have been building a inland waterways marina complete with wetlands on his land in a Cheshire village near Crewe.

He had been granted planning permission with conditions back in 2013.

However Mrs Coates, 51 – who is splashing out on her dream home on a GBP90million estate near the development – paid the Nield family a huge sum of cash to scrap the plans.

When asked by MailOnline if it was a million pound deal, Mr Nield’s wife Alison said: ‘It was actually more than that but I don’t want to say anything more about it.’

The Coates family, largely because of Mrs Coates, turned a modest family business into a global firm raking in millions.

Pictured: The main entrance of her new GBP90million home

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

Construction work has begun on the huge bespoke property in Cheshire where Denise Coates and her family will live

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

The huge glass building is costing the Coates family millions.

The multi-millionaire Bet365 boss has caused controversy over making money while people’s gambling debts spiral out of control

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

The stunning home is being built with a lake to the side which can be overlooked from the glass-sided home for the Coates family.

The home also has a carbon fibre cantilever roof on a central steel spine beam, which allows for a large column free space and a full glass facade

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

The incredible home also includes a glass lake house on the water, built down from the home on the 52 acre site owned by the Coates family

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

Bet365 founder Denise Coates – who last year gave herself a salary of GBP265million – made the deal with Ed Nield (centre with his sons), MailOnline can reveal

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

The marina had been planned with an accompanying facilities building and workshop, new wetlands, habitat creation and ecological area.

Mr Nield is pictured right with one of his sons

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

When asked by MailOnline if it was a million pound deal, Mr Nield’s wife Alison (pictured) said: ‘It was actually more than that but I don’t want to say anything more about it.’

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

To make sure she gets the slice of peaceful paradise she wants, Mrs Coates has reportedly paid to get rid of neighbours who may be put out by the grand design.

Pictured: Construction at Mrs Coates’ home

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

The lavish property, being built among 52-acres- will include a 7000 square metre artificial lake with a boat house, a sunken tennis court, stables, walled gardens and a cycle path.

Pictured: Construction at Mrs Coates’ home

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

It is unclear how much, if any, of the marina had yet been built or whether Ms Coates bought part of the Nield family’s land or paid the them to drop the plans because she wanted privacy for her home.

Pictured: Construction at Mrs Coates’ home

The marina had been planned with an accompanying facilities building and workshop, new wetlands, habitat creation and ecological area.

It is unclear how much, if any, of the marina had yet been built or whether Ms Coates bought part of the Nield family’s land or paid the them to drop the plans because she wanted privacy for her home.

The lavish property, being built among 52-acres- will include a 7000 square metre artificial lake with a boat house, a sunken tennis court, stables, walled gardens and a cycle path.

The three storey house in Cheshire is the product of a partnership between Mrs Coates and world renowned architecture firm Foster and Partners.

To make sure she gets the slice of peaceful paradise she wants, Mrs Coates has reportedly paid to get rid of neighbours who may be put out by the grand design.

Mrs Coates gave huge sums to farmers in homes around the original plot – a home which cost her GBP1.4million. However, the original buildings have been bulldozed to make way for the ‘statement’ home.

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

According to locals as many as 30 construction lorries per day are coming down country lanes to bring materials to the sprawling site

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

The glass house will have a swimming pool in and will be built over three storeys with a huge living space overlooking the lake outside

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

The Bet365 boss, who gave herself a GBP265million salary last year, had been living in a converted barn house and was locally popular thanks to charitable donations to local causes. Pictured: Construction at Mrs Coates’ home

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

Gambling queen Denise Coates is so intent on privacy around her home she will have 200 trees planted and surround the entire thing with a 2m security fence, while employing 24/7 security. Pictured: Construction at Mrs Coates’ home

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

Mrs Coates gave huge sums to farmers in homes around the original plot – a home which cost her GBP1.4million.

However, the original buildings have been bulldozed to make way for the ‘statement’ home. Pictured: Construction at Mrs Coates’ home

Mrs Coates’ dream home will include a 7,000 square metre artificial lake with a boat house, a sunken tennis court, stables, walled gardens and a cycle path – all built around a statement glass home.

The three storey house in Cheshire is the product of an unusual partnership between Bet 365 owner Mrs Coates and world renowned architecture firm Foster and Partners.

Sir Norman Foster’s firm is famed for skyscrapers, airports and commercial buildings but the betting queen has been able to hire them in for her domestic dream estate.

Gambling queen Denise Coates is so intent on privacy around her home she will have 200 trees planted and surround the entire thing with a 2m security fence, while employing 24/7 security.

And, to make sure she gets the slice of peaceful paradise she wants, Mrs Coates is even paying to get rid of neighbours who may be put out by the grand design.

Mrs Coates gave huge sums to farmers in homes around the original plot – a home which cost her GBP1.4million. However, the original buildings have been bulldozed to make way for the ‘statement’ home.

The Bet365 boss, who gave herself a GBP265million salary last year, had been living in a converted barn house and was locally popular thanks to charitable donations to local causes.

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

The home is being surrounded by a ‘woodland belt’ which will hide the inhabitants from the world outside. There will also be 24 hour security

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

The huge statement glass home is being built after planning permission was granted in 2017 for the giant estate on 52 acres

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

The GBP90million estate in Cheshire has been designed with a sunken tennis court (pictured) near to the planned summer house

The Coates family, largely because of Mrs Coates, turned a modest family business into a global firm raking in millions.

And, they have brought more than 3,000 jobs to their native Stoke-on-Trent as a result after the huge Bet365 HQ was built.

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

Mrs Coates, pictured with her father Peter, who is also a director of her betting company. Mrs Coates made millions when she mortgaged her father’s gambling shop

They have also given away millions to charitable causes, with Mrs Coates being seen as a ‘local girl done good’.

However, the mother-of-five has caused upset with her dream home.

Gasfitter Hayley Poxon, 29, who kept three horses and a donkey near the site said she’s been forced to move two of her horses because of the disruption.

Hayley said: ‘It’s chaos, I’ve been here four years we were told in January what was going on.

The next minute there’s wagons coming up.

‘It’s been a nightmare. It’s been hell. The reason I’ve moved off is because I cannot ride.

‘I’ve four horses.

My two big ones I go out on the road on I couldn’t do it.

‘I went out for a hack one day and I came down the lane. It wasn’t closed off. It shouldn’t have been closed off the way they did it anyway – they just put signs up saying it had been closed and we were like ‘hang on it’s not.’

‘I came down there on my young horse and had two forty ton wagons behind me.

I have a seven and half truck coming at me. The security guard told me to go round. He tried to make me go through this small gap so I stood on the bridge and I said I’m not moving.

You move your wagons and I’ll get past.

‘They park wagons on the bend.

‘These are motorway wagons up and down the lane. I used to keep my horses on grass across the way and I told the farmer I had to stop renting because of his neighbours.

‘It’s been lovely down here and then all of a sudden it’s not. They’re not bothered about the people here.

‘I’ve moved my horses four miles away now.

I’ve got two here in the field and the other two that I ride I’ve moved because I can’t ride around here anymore. I’m not putting my horses in harm’s way.

‘It’s costing me GBP760 a month – it’s a mortgage.

‘If it wasn’t for her I’d still be here quite happy plodding about the lanes.

‘She’s ruined everything and it’s disgusting. There’s been no regard for anytime.’

One family is said to have refused to move but when plans were approved in 2017 for the estate which surrounded their own house on three sides – they relented and sold up.

Last year, when permission was granted a family who refused to move told the Daily Mail they were not going to give in.

‘It seems that Denise Coates wants to be the lady of the manor around here, and with all the money she’s got she must think she can buy anything,’ one woman said.

‘But my husband was born in this house, my family live here very happily, and we’re staying put.

‘I think the way she earns her money is immoral, disgraceful.

People get addicted (to gambling) and it puts pressure on them. They can lose their family and their home.’

Another person told The Times: ‘They offered us too much and we couldn’t refuse. It was stupid money.’

Jean Batchelor, a 77-year-old local, said the betting boss is also causing family rifts – because children want to sell and take the big money on the table but their parents want to stay put.

The betting queen has been hit with the backlash from locals while she has also sparked national controversy.

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

A road will be closed off for around two years while the site is constructed, to avoid accidents with huge lorries transporting materials

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

Architects Foster and Partners are behind the build – although the world renowned firm usually sticks to gigantic commercial projects

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

The space age home is being built in a Cheshire village near Crewe (pictured) on a 52-acre, GBP90million estate

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

A crane can be seen from far away over fields as it towers above neighbouring properties while working on the home

Elderly farmer and his son are at war over whether to sell family’s land to Bet365 boss

Bet365 queen Denise Coates has offered ‘silly money’ to farmers to vacate their homes around her sprawling new estate.

The GBP90million build has caused controversy after a decision was made to close a country lane for two years while it is built.

The build is also causing family rifts, it was claimed, as relatives are divided over whether or not to accept offers from the Coates’.

In one home, a father is refusing to give up his house, while his son is keen to take the cash.

It is not currently clear how much money is on the table but friends told the Times it is a ‘stupid’ amount.

Local woman Jean Batchelor, 77, has said at least one elderly farmer is refusing to budge.

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

A walled garden is also a feature in the stunning estate as Mrs Coates and her husband plan to move from a barn house to the lavish estate

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

The estate will include a walled garden, a lake and boat house and stables.

The family has five children, four of whom were adopted from the same family

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

A wildlife survey said the home would cause damage during construction but would ultimately serve to improve the area for species

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

A walled garden and a sunken tennis court are also being constructed as glass outbuildings and even a glass lake house have been added to the modern estate

How Denise Coates awarded herself a NINE-figure pay packet

Denise Coates bought the domain name bet365 on eBay in 2001 for GBP20,000 and began operating a dot.com betting business from a portable cabin in Stoke.

Mrs Coates completed the move from the portakabin office, borrowing GBP15m from the Royal Bank of Scotland secured on her family’s estate of betting shops. And the move paid off.

Mrs Coates is now the majority shareholder in Bet365, a global company which has benefited from tighter regulations on the industry in other countries. Last year, the former University of Sheffield student who graduated with a first class degree, was paid GBP265million.

The bulk of her pay increase was due to a jump the salaries her company decided to pay out this year.

It increased overall wages from GBP490m to GBP646m.

The family’s fortune was estimated at GBP5 billion in the latest Sunday Times ‘Rich List’ and the betting firm’s GBP30million HQ employs thousands in Stoke. The business said it had ‘increased remuneration for individuals that have been key to the development of the overarching corporate strategy’.

She then took a large share of the GBP90m paid out in dividends, GBP80m of which went to four directors of the company, which include Mrs Coates.

Mrs Coates and her husband remain fiercely private and refuse to discuss their private lives, or backgrounds.

The pair set up a GBP185 million charitable foundation funding a variety of worthy causes at home and overseas. It provides bursaries for less well-off students, supports a hospice for cancer sufferers and has helped victims of natural disasters.

They have one child of their own and adopted four girls from the same family.

The boss of gambling firm Bet365 has been accused of ‘living off the misery of others’ after her salary rose to GBP265million, making her one of the highest-paid executives in the world.

Critics called her earnings ‘obscene’ and ‘disgusting’, after it emerged the number of problem gamblers aged 11 to 16 had quadrupled in two years to 55,000.

Labour MP Jonathan Ashworth said: ‘From gambling to alcohol to drug misuse we face an addiction crisis.

‘Services are slashed, mental health services neglected.

Lives are ruined while the CEO of a betting company is paid 22 times more than the whole industry ‘donates’ to treatment. Disgusting.’

The home at the centre of the row has been designed by Sir Foster’s company and will include stables, a gate house and parkland behind 2m high security fences.

Other families have said they are upset over the huge lorries delivering to the house.

Up to 30 construction lorries a day travelling down country lanes, they said. One local businesswoman said her elderly mother ‘is in tears everyday’ over the chaos caused by the lorries which she said tore up grass verges.

The council also agreed to close a public road for up to two years.

According to the documents submitted to the council the creation of the estate will generate 12 jobs, including an estate manager and other staff.

World renowned architects Foster and Partners are also involved.

Projects with their signature on include Kuwait international airport and the proposed Tulip skyscraper in central London.

Mrs Coates made millions when she mortgaged her father’s betting shop in 2001 and took the business online – before building the Bet365 empire.

Last year, more than GBP50billion was placed in stakes on the website started by the former Sheffield University student.

Her fellow executives at the bookmaker include her husband, childhood sweetheart Richard Smith, who serves as group property director, as well her father Peter and her brother John.

She and her husband met at university where she earned a first class degree in econometrics in the 1980s.

Returning to Stoke to work for her father’s company as an accountant, she saw the potential in internet gambling and convinced her family to mortgage all their betting shops to build an online business.

She then bought the Bet365 domain name for around GBP20,000.

She and her husband adopted four girls from the same family a few years ago and they also have a child of their own, but she had been described as ‘reclusive’ after keeping her home life well away from the limelight.

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

Neighbours say they have been offered ‘stupid money’ for their farmland so the dream estate of the Coates family can be extended and wrapped in a 2m high security fence

Foster and Partners: Who are the world famous architects and what have they designed?

Bet365 businesswoman boss irks neighbours by offering 'silly money' to buy up their homes

The Tulip Building has been designed by Foster and Partners

Foster and Partners are behind some incredible and futuristic designs, including the proposed Tulip Building for London and Kuwait International Airport.

The firm is also designing the BBC Cymru headquarters and the refurbishment of the Snowdon Aviary at the London Zoo.

Foster and Partners is an international studio for architecture and design, with a headquarters in London. The practice is led by its founder and chairman, Sir Norman Foster. They specialise in glass and steel builds.

What is the Tulip Building?

A planning application has been submitted for The Tulip, a new public cultural attraction next to The Gherkin.

The 305.3-metre-high visitor attraction and event space is currently going through the planning process.

The building with moving pods on the outside would include a classroom with 20,000 free places per year for London’s state school children.

The Tulip seeks to provide an unparalleled vantage point to view London from a height of around 300 metres.

The viewing galleries will offer visitors an engaging experience with sky bridges, internal glass slides and gondola pod rides on the building’s facade that will appeal to people across all age groups.

Visitors will benefit from interactive materials and briefings from expert guides about the history of London.

Other projects in London include Spitalfields Market and South Quay Plaza.

Kuwait International Airport

The firm is also behind the new Kuwait International Airport.

The terminal has a trefoil plan, comprising three symmetrical wings of departure gates.

Each facade spans 1.2 kilometres and all extend from a dramatic 25-metre-high central space.

Targeting LEED ‘gold’ it aims to be the first passenger terminal in the world to attain this level of environmental accreditation and combines the thermal properties of the concrete structure with a large expanse of roof-mounted photovoltaic panels to harvest solar energy.

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