8.8 As Chapter 1 points out, the Mayor recognises that in a city as dynamic as London it is impossible to anticipate all the ways in which change will happen. This Plan is based on a number of projections based on the best research and evidence available when this document was prepared. While these give a sound basis for the Plan’s overall direction and policies, it is important to understand that circumstances can change. It is vital that we can adjust, especially to changes that could give rise to reconsideration of the Plan’s direction or policies, either in part or in whole (decisions on public spending, for example). This approach is at the heart of the plan-monitor-manage process underpinned by robust monitoring and reporting.
8.9 The London Development Database (LDD) is a live monitoring system for planning permissions and completions across London. It draws on information provided by the London boroughs with a central co-ordinating and management role at the GLA. It is a valuable resource for monitoring development trends; it also supports the production of the London Plan Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) and provides a wide range of other specific development monitoring reports for all or parts of London.
8.10 The Annual Monitoring Report is a key element in the Plan – Monitor – Manage cycle. It enables the Mayor and others to pay attention to emerging trends in between full reviews of the London Plan. Previous AMRs have been an important factor in developing this Plan and the Mayor will use future AMRs to monitor the impact of the London Plan and ensure that it is kept up to date and relevant. An Implementation Plan will also be published regularly setting out key actions necessary to deliver the London Plan.