A proposal to turn 124 acres of former golf course in Lancashire into public land and 540 homes have been put forward by Northern Trust.
Northern Trust, owned by property tycoon Trevor Hemmings, said its plans would reduce pressure for development on the surrounding greenbelt and open countryside and deliver a wide range of much-needed family homes.
An outline planning application has been submitted to Preston City Council. The design was revised following objections from local residents who oppose the concept of any building on the green space. The developer has reduced the number of residential units from 650.
The plans represent building on 25% of the site and retention of all natural dense woodland and installing new ponds to support wildlife habitats. Architect Taylor Young advises Northern Trust.
A spokesman for Northern Trust said: "This proposal would bring back into use a redundant site, providing new homes in an existing residential area, without imposing upon the greenbelt or other open countryside. It represents a good balance in meeting local housing needs, preserving important wildlife habitats and providing publicly accessible open space. The community will benefit from open access to the majority of the site for recreational purposes, which it has wanted, but not previously had.
"We felt it was important to set out a series of general guidelines for the regeneration of the site and thus have produced this masterplan to ensure future development is undertaken as part of an agreed framework.
"We are still interested in hearing how residents would like the existing clubhouse site to be used to benefit the community, be it as a sports facility, social hub, meeting place or youth club."