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00-2-060 Sheehan's Fishing Company Ltd.


Appeal No. VA00/2/060












Sheehan's Fishing Company Ltd.                                                          APPELLANT




Commissioner of Valuation                                                                  RESPONDENT


RE:  Warehouse at Lot No.9AB/10 Dinish Island, ED: Killaconenagh RD: Castletown,Co. Cork.






Fred Devlin - FSCS.FRICS                                 Deputy Chairman


John Kerr - MIAVI                                              Member


Michael Coghlan - Solicitor                                 Member             






By Notice of Appeal dated the 4th day of July 2000, the appellant appealed against the determination of the Commissioner of Valuation in fixing a rateable valuation of £80 on the above described hereditament.


The grounds of appeal as set out in the said Notice of Appeal are that "the main usage of the floor area is for storing gear for our own fishing vessels.  It is not feasible to pay this much money for storage space."


The appeal proceeded by way of an oral hearing which took place in the County Hall, Cork County Council, Cork on the 13th day of December, 2000.  The appellant was represented by Mr. Greg Casey B.Ed. from Casey & Company Solicitors and the Respondent was represented by Mr. Daniel Griffin M.I.A.V.I., a District Valuer with 20 years experience in the Valuation Office. Mr. Casey prepared a written submission which was exchanged with the Valuation Office and the Tribunal on 11th December, 2000.  Mr. Daniel Griffin also prepared a summary of his evidence which was exchanged with Mr. Casey and received in the Tribunal on the 25th November 2000.


Valuation History


1999/4 Revision:                     First Valuation R.V. assessed @ £80.00


1999/4 First Appeal:               No change made.  Appellant appealed to the Valuation Tribunal against the Rateable Valuation of £80.00.


The Property


The property is situated on Dinish Island, Castletownbere.  The town is an important fishing town with local and foreign fishing fleets using its facilities.  The island is accessed via a bridge off the Banty Road, on the eastern side of the town centre.  It has a number of industrial buildings associated with the fishing industry.




The property comprises a modern industrial type building occupied by a fishing company.  It is used for the storage of the company’s fishing equipment and for low volume retailing of nets and fishing equipment to the fishing community.  The building is a twin bay portal-framed steel covered building.  The walls are steel cladded on low block walls.



Agreed Accommodation:


Warehouse                                                      942 sq. m. (With eaves height of 5m)

There is a lofted storage area and

a basic Office within the warehouse of          95.7 sq. m.




Single phase electricity and usual services.




The site extends to 1530 sq.m.  It is fully developed, with parking to the front.




The site is leased from the Department of the Marine under a 35 year lease from 1st January 1998 with 5 year rent reviews.  The rent for the first 5 years is £2,500 per annum.


Mr. Griffin on behalf of the respondent assessed the R.V. as follows:


Respondent’s Valuation

Net Annual Value

Warehouse                  942 sq. m. @ £16.14 sq. m.

Loft                             95.7 sq. m. @ £5.38 sq. m.     =          £15,718.75

                                                                        Say                  £16,000 (to include parking)


R.V. @ 0.5% of Net Annual Value                            =          £80.00



£90,000 has been spent on the construction and finish. Part of the workmanship was the appellant’s own labour, not costed in the above figure.

Respondent produced three comparisons as set out below:


1.                  Lot 9AB/9 Dinish Island

Occupier – Shellfish De La Mer

R.V. £95 ‘97/04 Appeal



Offices                        84.26   sq. m.   @        £32.293 sq. m.

Cold Stores     280.83 sq. m.   @        £23.68   sq. m.

Dry Store          81.28 sq. m.   @        £16.146 sq. m.

Factory            398.26 sq. m.   @        £18.83   sq. m.

Plant                  52.95 sq. m.   @        £13.45   sq. m.



2.                  Lot 9C Dinish Island

Occupier – Castletownbere Fisheries Co-Op

R.V. £150 ’94 Revision



Office                205.5 sq. m.   @        £  32.29 sq. m.

Factory            1313    sq. m.   @        £  16.14 sq. m.

Yards              1596    sq. m.   @        £  1.076 sq. m.


3.                  Lot 9AB/3 Dinish Island

Occupier – Eirenova Fisheries Ltd.

R.V. £335.00 ‘97/02 Revision



Offices                          179    sq. m.   @        £32.29   sq. m.

Factory            1821    sq. m.   @        £16.146 sq. m.

Cold Store       1059.4 sq. m.   @        £21.53   sq. m.

Store                  600    sq. m.   @        £16.146 sq. m.




 Mr. Casey on behalf of the appellant submitted that the valuation was excessive in that part of the premises was needed for laying out and storing nets and other equipment and not used in connection with the appellant’s wholesale business.  As a consequence a substantial portion of the premises is not fully utilised on an ongoing basis.


The Tribunal noted that Mr. Casey did not advance any valuation evidence.  Therefore the only evidence of value that has been adduced in this appeal is that on behalf of the Commissioner of Valuation.


The Tribunal has carefully considered the evidence and examined the comparisons put forward in some detail and has come to its conclusion that the rateable valuation put forward by the appellant is fair and reasonable and in line with other assessments in the vicinity.  Accordingly, therefore the Tribunal affirms the rateable valuation of £80.