The housebuilder has lodged a planning application for the first phase of its proposed residential community on Green Belt land near St Helens, for 186 homes east of the site.
Mulbury Homes consulted on a masterplan in May for its 1,000-home Eccleston Park Village on the site of the former Eccleston Park Golf Club, which closed in 2018.
Following the consultation, it has lodged detailed plans to build the first phase of homes on a part of the site adjoining Rainhill Road, in partnership with an as-yet-unnamed national housebuilder.
The application also seeks outline consent for a further 646 homes and 168 units of retirement accommodation at the Portico Lane access point, as well as a convenience store, nursery and healthcare provision.
The Eccleston Park project would create a village neighbourhood in the centre of Eccleston Park, according to the developer, with new homes, accommodation for the over-55s, a local shop, day care nursery, “one or more” healthcare facilities and improvements to surrounding road infrastructure.
The site is a former golf course, which occupies land once owned by the NHS.
Mulbury said that discussions are being held with the Department of Health and Social Care over potential reinvestment of a proportion of any land value that could be generated by healthcare facilities at the scheme. Further details will be revealed in due course, the company added.
Andrew Brown, director at Mulbury, said: “This is a big step forward for the Eccleston Park Village project and follows months of hard work. We’ve had a great response from the local community, and there’s genuine excitement about how the proposals could transform lives in the area.”
He added: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a new neighbourhood of homes to accommodate families, the over-55s, and people needing affordable houses.
“All of this would be supported by improvements to the road network and, we hope, improvements to local healthcare services.”
The application is to be determined by St Helens Council.