Amazon has withdrawn an application that would have turned a Beddington site into a van storage facility.

In November last year the global company submitted the application that would allow it to store its vehicles at a site on the corner of Marlowe Way and Beddington Farm Road.

The site was formerly used by National Driving Centre (previously Southern Motor Schools) for the training of commercial vehicle drivers, including storage of various training vehicles from 1988 until around 2000/2001 when the company relocated.

Since then and to the present date the site has been used for a variety of reasons involving the storage of vehicles.

The planning application read: "(Amazon's) proposed use of the Site for a van storage facility is to provide support for its ‘last mile’ parcel distribution centre at 4-8 Queensway, Croydon from where parcels are delivered via small vans to customers in the local area.

"Delivery drivers will travel to the proposed van storage facility in the morning, collect a van and drive to the distribution centre to collect parcels for deliveries.

"Once all deliveries have been made, drivers would return the vans to the van storage facility and make their way home."

The application added that it would help generate jobs for delivery drivers and extra employment opportunities at the distribution centre.

But not all were pleased with the plans.

Transport For London were consulted as part of the process and raised concerns regarding the sheer number of extra vehicles that would hit the streets as a result.

"The applicant has proposed 20 cycle parking spaces along with 2 motor cycle spaces for its proposed 134 staff members. Inline with the Mayors Transport Strategy (MTS) objective for 80 per cent of all trips in London to be made using walking, cycling or public transport by 2041, the level of on site cycle parking should be increased significantly," the TfL statement read.

"The proposed provision of 20 per cent of spaces with Electric Vehicle Charging Points is noted.

"However in line with the MTS goals and indeed Amazons commitment to achieve 50 per cent of all deliveries net carbon zero by 2030, TfL request that 100 per cent of spaces are provided with active electric charging provision from the outset."

But last week the plans were withdrawn. Whether or not Amazon will make the recommended changes and try again is up in the air.