Taylor Wimpey Manchester has been selected as preferred developer to build 474 open market and affordable homes on an 18 ha site in Wigan.
The Bickershaw South scheme, being developed by Wigan Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, will feature a mixed-use development including a community building, café, retail units and a marina facility.
A reserved matters application for the whole site is being lead by Taylor Wimpey Manchester.
The scheme is expected to progress in several phases over a period of eight years with planning consent anticipated for autumn 2013.
Completion of the first homes is expected in early summer 2014.
HCA north-west executive director Deborah McLaughlin said: “Appointing a developer is a significant milestone for this major land development.
“This area is a former colliery site and has been a priority of the national coalfields programme for a period of time.
“I know that our chosen developer is keen to deliver a project that meets the needs and aspirations of local people, creating much-needed affordable homes, leisure facilities and more.
“Not only will it impact on tourism, but it will create jobs for local people, improve the look of the area and bring disused land back to life.”