Defence chiefs are objecting to a wind turbine that could change views made famous by David Hockney.
The Bridlington artist painted changing seasons at a track through the Wolds, near Kilham.
The four-painting series was the centrepiece of his A Bigger Picture exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, which opened to rave reviews from critics.
Business Harrison Farmers wants to build a 45m turbine yards from the spot – but the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said it could interfere with radar.
In a letter to East Riding Council’s planning department, the MoD said the turbine “will cause unacceptable interference to the radar at Staxton Wold”.
It said this could leave the RAF “unable to provide a full air surveillance service in the area of the proposed wind farm”.
Dozens of neighbours have also raised concerns, with many sending identical letters to planners.
The letters, printed and published by campaign group Kilham Residents Against Wind Turbines, said: “Large wind turbines of 45m should not be built in and around the sensitive prehistoric Wolds landscape.
“Wind turbines will have a very negative impact on the local birds and other wildlife.
“Too many wind turbines jeopardise our local award- winning tourist economy.”
Others wrote individually to the council.
Caroline Barratt, who lives in West End, Kilham, said: “It will create no local jobs and add nothing to the economy.
“A great many of the homes in the village will see this.
“I must object to the height, scale and position.”
Bill Dyson, 74, who lives in the village, is also worried.
He said: “It will definitely spoil some people’s lives.
“This will add to the degradation of Kilham’s surroundings.”
East Riding artists voiced their horror at the plans when they first came to light.
At the time, sculptor Denise Hayhurst said: “I’m disgusted. It’s one of the things we were hoping would attract people to the area and now they’re going to put a blot on the landscape.”
Bridlington art dealer Corinne Young agreed.
She said: “We’ve had a huge haul of visitors to this area who otherwise would not have come and it’s an important site.”
Ms Young, a manager with Gallery 49 in Bridlington’s Old Town, said David Hockney and his sister Margaret, also an artist, had been told about the development.
To view the application online, visit www.eastriding. gov.uk/newpublicaccess and search for 12/03977.
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