Town councillors have objected to plans to demolish the Duke of Wellington pub in Epping High Street saying that the building is worthy of being saved.
Punch Partnerships wants to demolish the pub to make way for a development of commercial / retail space on the ground floor with eight flats and two two-bedroom semi-detached houses.
A pub on the ground floor is one possible use for the new retail area.
Tuesday's planning and general purposes committee voted to oppose the application with Town Mayor Grahame Scruton saying "every effort" should be made to protect the building.
Councillor Mari-Louise Whitbread said: "It's a great shame. It's part of Epping High Street; an historic feature in the High Street and it's a shame that it can't be used for community space or remodelled."
Town Mayor Grahame Scruton added: "I wouldn't want to see the building demolished. The inevitability that it won't be a pub is probably quite sound, but every effort should be made to save the building.
"This proposal is even more further forward than the other (the new flats on the neighbouring Half Moon pub site). It's sitting right on the pavement.
Mr Scruton said: "We should make every effort to try and protect that building."
Reference was made by councillors to numerous 'save the pub' comments posted on social media but Mr Scruton asked: "Where are they tonight?"
The committee voted to object to the planning application and said there should be a fight to save the building.
Councillor Barbara Scruton, who chaired the meeting, said: "It's the only pub with the exception of the Black Lion. It's an amenity that we are losing."