Macclesfield Town Football Club has struck a deal with St Modwen to bring forward proposals for the relocation of the club's stadium.
The League Two club has selected St Modwen to help it draw up a vision for a new stadium as part of a new mixed-use development on the south-western fringe of the town.
The 130-acre site, known as South Macclesfield Development Area, is close to Macclesfield Town's existing Moss Rose ground.
The club wants a 7,000 capacity ground with a conference facility and a community sports and leisure complex.
Cheshire East Council has been working on ideas for south Macclesfield with CB Richard Ellis, Broadway Malyan and other advisers.
Macclesfield Town chairman Mike Rance said: "Our ambitious plans to create a new home for the Silkmen have taken a big step forward with the announcement of this partnership. St Modwen is the ideal partner for a project that we hope will not only meet the needs of the club but will also bring substantial benefits for the local community."
Michelle Taylor, regional director at St Modwen, said: "We're delighted to be chosen by Macclesfield Town as its development partner in such an exciting project. We will be working hard to bring forward inspiring proposals which reflect the vision of the club and the local community."