Honestly, if you're looking for skyscrapers, go look in the Shanghai thread.Ok. Fair enough, they rejected Aurora. But they approved the near 110m tower on this site. Your point about Dublin planners is a complete irrelevance, you sound like my mum when she wanted me to eat my vegetables when I was younger. "Eat your veggies and be grateful, there’s children starving in the world". Why should we simply say "Oh well at least we're not Dublin!".
BUG you know full well this is an underutilized site now. The fact that it could've previously accommodated a 110m tower and now it suddenly can't is the proof of this. It’s simply an idiotic move on the developers part. I'd rather see them waiting to build the tower than build this. It’s a key site, it sits next to the tallest office building in the country and its round the corner from one of the biggest transport hubs in the country offering regional bus and train links as well as links to three airports. It's within walking distance to universities, City Hall, cafes and conference facilities.
We being skyscraper enthusiasts should not be pleased that something is being developed, we should want what’s best for the site not just in the short term but in to the future as well. This is not the best move for this site, its as simple as that. Even if the previous proposal didn't exist it'd still think this is underutilization of a key plot of land.
You probably won't find any major high-rise in Belfast for the next few years - there is not enough demand, and no one is willing to finance them. Even if there was the will, no local bank has a spare £100m for property speculation, especially considering that's exactly the sort of lending that almost put 3 of the big 4 local banks out of business only a few years ago.
Building 0.25m sq ft of offices on a derelict city centre plot is not underutilising the space!
The problem with the urban fabric is that it's full of huge gaps - a few dozen hectares of vacant plots in and around the city centre. A 30 storey tower will fill one gap. Five smaller developments equalling the same floor space will fill five gaps. That is the type of development Belfast needs - planners know it, and the developers know that's where the low-risk returns are. There's nothing idiotic about it at all.