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Wind turbine could ruin artists’ Wolds Mecca that inspired Hockney

The rolling fields and wide blue skies of the Wolds that inspired the likes of David Hockney have become a Mecca for artists.

But painter and tutor Tony Hogan, who has run art courses for the past 15 years in Kilham, believes the latest plans to install a 67-metre turbine in the heart of the Wolds could have a devastating impact on his business.

The owners of Horsewold Farm in Middleton-On-The-Wolds want to place the turbine on its land to power the business.

Mr Hogan is angry East Riding Council has recommended approval for the scheme ahead of Thursday’s planning committee meeting.

He said: “I am amazed the officers have recommended approval when this should be granted an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“As a professional artist, I run a successful international art holiday business attracting those interested in painting the stunning scenery of this area. They come from all over the world to paint here.

“If these visually monstrous turbines are allowed it will effectively close my business, losing a valuable income source to the area.

“Not only will this bring loss of earnings for myself and my family, but also the many local B&Bs and shops where food and materials are bought.”

Mr Hogan’s paintings also help attract tourism to the area.

He said: “Next year and through 2013, I have been commissioned to paint a view of this area through the four seasons for a national art magazine to show the natural beauty of it.

“How can this be reconciled with the obtrusive objects proposed destroying the natural line and flow of the landscape?

“I am convinced no such proposal would be considered near Flatford Mill, where Constable painted his famous works.”