I have just had somebody contact me to ask if I know the answer to the question I shall ask in a moment. I do not know the answer and am hoping somebody here does. The problem with it is that the people in question have an appointment at a mairie to see the maire and somebody else who might be responsible for this question. The notaire they have just seen has advised them to go to the mairie but he has no actual answer rather than to suggest that it is all possible. For them that is all too vague. So here, with the explanation, is the question:
Background: Some people are looking at a quite large property with considerable grounds. It is on a quite busy road, the property is narrowish but long. There is also a water treatment plant at the end of the field, quite some distance from the building itself but sometimes, usually in the hottest weather, it is said to smell a bit. The place is a chambre d'hôte with gîtes and short term furnished flats but it could easily become a small hotel with restaurant. Everything is in place, pool, gardens and so on for it to be a successful business being in a place where more accommodation is needed.
The question: Is there any way in which the local administration has a duty to help protect the property, that is to say from noise pollution from the road by planting trees and likewise with the water treatment plant that is the property of the local services publics d'eau potable et d'assainissement to reduce the possibility of smell?
Any answers in French, links or whatever would be welcomed since we will have to translate if English anyway. What we need is substantiated information rather than opinions because the maire they are seeing is likely to know the answers but if there is any kind of obligation not admit it in order to save the commune's money.
A big question at short notice I think, but just perhaps some of you know the answers.