Taylor Wimpey’s Manchester office will also oversee construction of a community building, café, shops and the completion of the 40-berth marina beside the canal bordering the site.
Planning permission is expected in the autumn with the completion of the first homes due next summer.
Deborah McLaughlin, north west executive director of the HCA 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 which meets the needs and aspirations of local people, creating much needed affordable homes, leisure facilities and more.”
Anthony Mansfield, project director for Taylor Wimpey Manchester, said: “We are creating an exemplary development which will bring long-lasting benefits to the wider community.”