Langtree has submitted a revised detailed planning application to Liverpool City Council as it prepares to begin work on restoring gardens at the 56-acre Liverpool International Garden Festival site.
The move follows the recent granting of £2.1m by the North West Development Agency to allow the garden works to be brought forward while the large residential element remains stalled by the recession.
The application was made by the new special purpose vehicle of Langtree Garden Festival Ltd, created after buying out the stake of collapsed joint venture partner David McLean Group from the administrators.
The opening phase of the scheme will see the oriental gardens, grand access and woodland trails restored. There will also be a new woodland ridge zone, alongside the previously planned bio-diversity zone and 'the hub' of public amenities.
Langtree still hopes to deliver 1,374 apartments and town houses without having to revise plans for this residential phase, which could risk another public inquiry.
The NWDA grant will also cover maintenance of the park for five years. A separate application for £1.6m of European Regional Development Funding has been made.
Planning consent was granted by the Secretary of State in July 2008. The International Garden Festival was held in 1984 to promote the site but no development ever materialised.