According to 2012 applications data published today by UCAS, the fall in number of people applying to start planning degrees is greater than the 8.9 per cent drop in applications for undergraduate degrees in any subject from September.
There was an 11.9 per cent drop in number of applications for architecture degrees over the same period, the figures show.
UCAS figures show that the number of students applying to take undergraduate planning degrees has fallen steadily since 2007, when there were 4,656 applications.
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