I've not seen any planning notices but the general view is that the Post Office will become flats - sorry, apartments.
Speaking of planning and such things. There was a sheaf of papers from the Planning Department pinned to the hoarding of Ashleys. I read it last Wednesday and it said something along the lines that the current state of the wooden hoarding was an eyesore and should be removed and replaced post haste with black floor to ceiling boards. If not done within 30 days the owners will be taken to court, fined and etc etc. On passing said shop today the paperwork has been stuffed through the letterbox.
I was led to understand a few years back that this was bought by a gentleman for his daughter to realise her dream of becoming a hairdresser. She took one look at the location and desisted. (On reflection I think this was Slades but have left the line in). The last time I saw inside the innards had been ripped out and it looked like a left hand turn was being constructed into the coffee shop next door. About a metre or so below sea level there was a parked JCB. Could still be there. An urban myth grew up in Camden Town when I was a boy that the builders had left a cement mixer in the cellar of the pub they were renovating and couldn't get it out so they renamed the pub - The Good Mixer.
It is a bit sad because the people who ran Ashleys applied several times to East Herts Planning to have the place changed from A1 to A3 and have a coffee shop. Because it was along the red line from Old Cross to Railway Street thereby designated as prime retail there was no chance of this happening. Take a look along Maidenhead Street now and see what some of the old retail units have become. Coffee shops and restaurants spring to mind. I did say at the time that Cafe Nero was just the beginning - sometimes it is not good to be proved right.