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Many over-55s consider access to a fast broadband connection crucial when they are choosing where to live in retirement.

According to a study by retirement home provider Anchor, nearly two-thirds of over-55s believe good internet connectivity is vital.

By contrast, just one in four said they want to spend their retirement close to a village green.

Jane Ashcroft, head of Anchor, commented: "Features such as a good internet connection are a cornerstone of any new development."

However, safety was flagged up as the most important requirement of a retirement destination, with 85 per cent of over-55s saying this is a priority.

This comes after the latest Quality of Life Survey by Halifax found that having access to a good broadband connection plays a key role in influencing how positively Brits view their local area.

The survey saw Hart in north-east Hampshire named as the best place to live, followed by the Orkney Islands, Rutland, Wychavon and Winchester.

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