Appeal No. VA04/2/001
AN BINSE LUACHÁLA
AN tACHT LUACHÁLA, 2001
VALUATION ACT, 2001
Bernard McGuinness APPELLANT
Commissioner of Valuation RESPONDENT
RE: Shop at Lot No. 11/1, Culdaff, County Donegal
B E F O R E
Fred Devlin - FSCS.FRICS Deputy Chairperson
Michael McWey - Valuer Member
Patrick Riney - FSCS FRICS FIAVI Member
JUDGMENT OF THE VALUATION TRIBUNAL
ISSUED ON THE 28TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2004
By Notice of Appeal dated the 18th day of March, 2004 the appellant appealed
against the determination of the Commissioner in fixing a rateable valuation
of €43.00 on the above described relevant property.
The grounds of Appeal as set out in the Notice of Appeal are:
"Not valued in accordance with Valuation Acts. The valuation is
excessive when compared to comparable properties in the same rating area."
The appeal proceeded by way of an oral hearing held in the Courthouse,
Letterkenny, County Donegal on the 25th of June 2004. At the hearing the
appellant was represented by Mr. Patrick McCarroll, MRICS, FIAVI, ASCS,
MCIARB. Mr. Damien Curran MRICS, ASCS, B.Sc(Surveying), a Grade 1 Valuer
in the Valuation Office, appeared on behalf of the respondent.
Both parties having taken the oath adopted their respective précis
which had previously been received by the Tribunal as their evidence-in-chief.
The Property Concerned
The property concerned comprises the ground floor of a part two-storey
and a part single-storey terrace building in the village of Culdaff, County
Donegal. The property is occupied as a supermarket with ancillary stores
and offices. The agreed net internal areas are as follows:
Supermarket 116.13 sq. metres
Office 1 13.26 sq. metres
Store 44.83 sq. metres
Office 2 20.80 sq. metres
At the revision stage in 2003 the rateable valuation of the property concerned
was determined at €43 and a valuation certificate to this effect
was issued in accordance with section 28 of the Valuation Act, 2001. No
change was made at first appeal stage and it is against this decision
of the Commissioner of Valuation that the appeal to this Tribunal now
The Appellant's Evidence
In his evidence, Mr. McCarroll contended for a rateable valuation of €30
calculated as set out below.
Supermarket 116.13 sq. metres @ €40.00 per sq. metre = €4645.20
Office 13.26 sq. metres @ €30.00 per sq. metre = €397.80
Store 44.83 sq. metres @ €20.00 per sq. metre = €896.60
In support of his opinion of Net Annual Value Mr. McCarroll introduced
one comparison details of which are set out in Appendix 1 attached to
In evidence Mr. McCarroll said Culdaff was a small village with few facilities
and a short tourist season. The property concerned was formerly a residence
and not a purpose-built supermarket. In his opinion the Hegarty supermarket
in Malin was a better building and provided much better retailing space.
When asked to comment about the respondent's comparisons, as set out
in Appendix 2 attached to this judgement, which in addition to Hegarty
supermarket in Malin included supermarkets in Carndonagh and Muff. Mr.
McCarroll said that Carndonagh was a much larger town with an appreciably
higher level of commercial activity and that Muff was a better village
than Culdaff from a business point of view due to its proximity to Derry.
Mr. McCarroll agreed that there was a second office in the property concerned
but since this was used partly for business purposes and partly for local
constituency purposes he had taken the view that it was not rateable.
At the hearing Mr. Curran amended the valuation in his written précis
as set out below.
Shop 116.13 sq. metres @ €51.93 per sq. metre = €6,030.63
Office 13.26 sq. metres @ €25.39 per sq. metre = €336.37
Store 44.83 sq. metres @ €25.39 per sq. metre = €1,138.23
Office/Domestic 20.80 sq.metres @ €51.93 per sq. metre = €540.00*
NAV = €8,045.23
RV @ 0.5% €40
*Note: 50% NAV due to mixed use of said office.
Mr. Curran said that in arriving at his opinion of Net Annual Value he
had taken the view that Culdaff and Malin were largely similar in size
and importance from a business point of view.
Under examination Mr. Curran agreed that Carndonagh was a much larger
town than either Culdaff or Malin and provided a wide range of services
and facilities. He further agreed that his comparison No. 1 was much larger
than the property concerned and had the benefit of off-street parking.
He agreed that Hegarty's supermarket was more than twice the size of the
subject and was a more modern premises.
Having regard to all the evidence and arguments adduced the Tribunal makes
the following findings and determinations:
1. Culdaff, Malin and Muff are three villages in that part of Donegal
known as the Inishowen Peninsula. It is common case that Culdaff and Malin
are similar in size and both are located in established tourist areas
and whilst Muff is not in a tourist area, it is on the main Derry to Moville
road less than 4 miles from Derry city.
2. Carndonagh is a large town with a full range of commercial and business
activities and cannot be considered comparable in any way to either Malin
3. Of all the three comparisons put forth by the parties the most relevant
is Hegarty's supermarket in Malin. This is a common comparison and is
more than twice the size of the subject property. The Harkin & Donaghy
shop in Muff is also relevant but to a lesser degree due to its proximity
to Derry and the passing trade that it enjoys. Little weight if any can
be attached to the Carling supermarket in Carndonagh due to its size and
4. The Tribunal attributes most weight to the Hegarty supermarket but
considers some allowance must be made to reflect the fact that the subject
is less than half its size.
5. In relation to the office, which is from time to time used by the appellant
for local constituency purposes, the Tribunal finds that the predominant
use of this accommodation is in connection with the business and hence
it must be included in its valuation.
Having regard to all the evidence adduced and the foregoing the Tribunal
determines the rateable valuation of the property concerned to be €38
calculated as set out below:
Shop 116.13 sq. metres @ €48 per sq. metre = €5574
Offices 1 & 2 34.06 sq. metres @ €25 per sq. metre = €852
Store 44.83 sq. metres @ €25 per sq. metre = €1121
Net Annual Value = €7547
Rateable Valuation @ 0.5% €38
And the Tribunal so determines.