Homes supply anticipated in Brown's report

Chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown is due to highlight planning and housing in his pre-budget report next month, it has emerged.

The chancellor is expected to report on the initial findings of the Barker review of housing supply in his annual statement on 10 December. The initial report is expected to contain an analysis of the housing supply problem, with recommendations on policy changes - expected to include a new land tax - anticipated in the final report next year.

Meanwhile, the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill, recommitted to parliament this year, was again included in the Queen's Speech this week.

It is expected to be reported to the Commons early in December and scrutinised in the House of Lords early in the new year. An ODPM spokesman said the bill is expected to receive Royal Assent next March or April.

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