The 'New Information' which you state led to the 2019 Arundel bypass consultation

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Dear Highways England Company Limited,
In your Scheme Assessment Report for the Arundel bypass, published in October 2020, you state:

1.4.1.5 In October 2018, Highways England announced that a further, non-statutory
public consultation would be undertaken on the Scheme (the Further
Consultation) and that the Scheme would return to PCF Stage 2 (Option
Selection).
1.4.1.6 Through the additional studies and surveys mentioned in paragraph 1.4.1.4
above, Highways England came across new and important information.
Highways England wished to ensure that the decision on the PR is made
taking this new information into account and that consultees are given a fair
opportunity to comment on the options on the basis of the information
available and to ensure continued engagement on project planning and
development.

This new information is also mentioned elsewhere many times, for instance;

18.2.1.2 The preliminary design of this preferred [5AV3] route then began, to further develop
the design and progress the Scheme towards applying for development
consent from the Secretary of State. This included looking at design
refinements for minimising impacts on protected ancient woodland and
biodiversity at the western end of the route.
18.2.1.3 During this process new information was discovered which led Highways
England to decide to undertake a further public consultation on route
options to ensure the public's views on the Scheme were based on the
latest available information.

Can you please tell me what this new and important information was?

Yours faithfully,

emma tristram

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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